The Memorial Day weekend is traditionally the unofficial start of summer and with it comes the opening of swimming pools and other outdoor water activities.
For the first time this year, many people will be swimming, boating or having picnics near bodies of water. With it comes gathering of people, sometimes visitors from out-of-town who do not have a swimming pool at their home or it is the first time they have been boating.
Here are some water safety tips to remember during the holiday period:
Remember the A-B-C-Ds of Drowning Prevention:
- A is for Adult Supervision. A responsible adult should be watching and paying attention to children in or near water and be within reach of them.
- B is for Barriers. An approved barrier system should be used around all swimming pools to ensure children do not fall in or go in without proper adult supervision.
- C is for Classes. Adults should take C-P-R Classes and children swimming (lesson) Classes.
- D is for Devices. An approved personal floatation device should be worn by children in or near water as well as all adults who are boating. Other Devices includes rescue equipment such as a pole, rope or life ring to be used in case of an emergency.
In the event a child comes up missing, first check all water sources (such as the pool) first. If they are not found, then immediately check any parked vehicles nearby by opening all doors and the trunk area and search the interior completely. Both of these areas can be life threatening in just a few minutes to a child. The best thing for keeping children safe is constant adult supervision.