Tips for Summer Water Safety
"Especially at the beginning of the season the big thing is to keep children at arm's reach supervision so that if they are to get in trouble you can get to them and help them until you know what their abilities are in the water," said Terri Stroupe, the Aquatics Director of Raleigh's Parks and Recreation Department.
Remember these tips to stay safe in and around the water:
- Apply sunscreen 30 minutes before heading outside and reapply after every dip in the pool, if sunscreen is not waterproof. If sunscreen is waterproof, reapply after spending 80 minutes in the water.
- Don't stay in the sun too long. Prolonged exposure to sun can cause fatigue, which is dangerous in the water.
- Always watch children in or near the water.
- Keep children who can't swim away from open bodies of water.
- Don't allow children to run near water.
- Don't rely on floatation devices to keep your child safe.
- Become certified in CPR. It could save the life of your child or another other person.
Sources: American Red Cross and The American Melanoma Foundation