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Top tips for keeping children safe in the water this summer

One of the best ways to cool down in this glorious summer sun is to visit the beach, or a pool and have a paddle in the water

Here are some great tips to keep your children safe in the water.

 

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Teach them early

Teach children to get comfortable in the water and swim at an early age. Educate them early about water safety.

Active supervision, barriers and sightlines

Always actively supervise children when they’re both in and around the water; ensure that pools are secured with appropriate barries; and require children to swim within designated area that are within sight of guardians and certified lifeguards.

Who’s your buddy?

Never let children swim alone; always designate swimming buddies before visiting the beach or pool.

Don’t be pushy

Instruct children to never run, push or jump on others in and around the pool.

Wear sunscreen

Protect your skin from sun burn and sunstroke by wearing hats and sunglasses and applying sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher and limiting direct exposure to sunlight for prolonged periods of time.

Suit up!

Make sure children always wear life jackets and use proper water safety and flotation devices

I’m on a boat!

Children should always wear a PFD (personal floatation device) while on a boat. If it doesn’t fit, get one that does.

Get certified

Become certified in infant and child First Aid and CPR

Stay Hydrated

Ensure that kids drink plenty of fluids to stay properly hydrated, especially on hot days