Since there’s no such thing as ‘too safe’ when it comes to water safety, we’re swimming in tips about water safety.
Drownings are the third leading cause of preventable death for children under 10. They can happen in less than a minute, with complete silence and in just centimetres of water—really.
Here are our life preserving tips for you:
- Duty calls. Always appoint an adult (or someone with Red Cross certification) to be on duty when kids are in or near the water—under no circumstances should children be left unsupervised.
- Dress up. Insist that non-swimming children wear a life jacket (they are much safer than water wings) at all times when near the pool, at the beach or outside at the cottage and that everyone (adult and child) wear one when boating.
- Up in arms. Stay within arms reach at all times (and yes, that means you have to get in the pool) and if you are in the water with children, don’t turn your back on them.
- Down the drain. Completely empty the wading pool after every use, and position the pool on its side for storage so it can’t collect rain.
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