Water Safety Tips for Families

When the warm weather starts to roll in to summer, chances are you will go swimming at the beach, a community center or a backyard pool.  Basic safety tips are essential to ensure safe swimming.   Some tips to help make your summer enjoyable.

Making swimming and water play a priority.

  • Make sure that when you and your children are swimming they are in areas that are supervised by lifeguards.
  • Make sure that your child swims with a buddy at all times, never allow a child to swim alone.
  • Be aware of where you are swimming. Public pools, lakes, ocean.  There can be under currents that are dangerous, cold waters, and other things that could possibly be dangerous to you or your child.
  • Children that cannot swim well, make sure they wear a U.S Coast guard approved life jacket and if you are out on a boat.

 Actively Supervise.

  • There is no substitution for supervision.  You need to be actively supervising all children around bodies of water.  Infants and toddlers should be within your reach.
  • Educate your children around water and swimming. 
  • Teach them to tread water.
  • Different bodies of water react different.  Such as a lake, a pool, or ocean all will be different in the water and your children should know the difference.
  • Do not rely on swimming aids to baby sit your child in bodies of water. These are to help them to learn how to swim. 
  • CPR saves millions of lives; if you do not know CPR techniques you can inquire at the Red Cross, hospitals, and local fire departments offer CPR trainings. The Children’s Workshop can help you learn CPR also.

 Stay safe in your back yard in swimming pools.

· Teach your children basic swimming tips in your pool.

· Making children aware of pool drains, pipes, ladders that may cause them to become stuck or pulled under water.

· Always have a portable phone close by incase you need to call 911.

· If a child is missing, check the pool first.

· Make sure your pool has a lock and gate when not in use.

· Install pool alarms this could possible save a life.

· Maintain your pool so it is operating properly.

· If possible, enroll your child/children in swimming classes.

Enjoy your summer, use safety tips and caution at all times.  Drowning statistics have grown over the years.  Make this your top priority as a parent to ensure your child is safe at all times near water.   Make sure you have a first aid kit handy, a pair of scissors to cut hair or clothing if they get stuck or entrapped, a portable phone, and a flotation device and you will be on your way to an enjoyable summer.

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Tracy Martin-Turgeon has been in the field of early childhood education for 22 years.  She started with The Children's Workshop in September 1999 as an assistant director for and has since served as director, regional, and currently as a VP regional overseeing seven facilities throughout Rhode Island and Massachusetts. Tracy earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development and Early Childhood education from the University of RI. In her role, Tracy enjoys most supporting and helping the staff, families, and children she works with every day. When she is not working, she enjoys gardening, cooking, and spending time with her husband and children.