Water Safety Captain Martina Pounds - Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Memorial Weekend is the opening day for most public swimming facilities and the start of the summer season at many lakes.
Here are Safety tips to make your swimming season safe and fun
• Teach children to float or swim as soon as possible.
• Always provide competent adult supervision when the pool is in use. Swimming alone or without adult supervision leads to many drownings. Each year, headlines note the deaths of infants and children who tumble into pools and drown because a gate was left open or they otherwise were able to gain access to a pool when no one was around to save them.
• Even adults should never swim alone.
• Caution children against showing off and playing rough and explain the dangers of running and diving recklessly.
• Never push others into the pool.
• Never dive into shallow water or water you cannot see the bottom. Diving and jumping into shallow water are major causes of serious injuries.
• Before diving or sliding, check to be sure that other swimmers are out of the way.
• Keep rescue devices and first aid supplies near the pool. A floating shepherds crook is useful.
• Teach children what to do in case of emergency.
• Keep electrical appliances such as radios out ...