My kids LOVE to swim… are your kids water safe?

May is Water Safety Month, and with summer quickly approaching, it’s important to remind parents and caregivers of the importance of water safety for children. Drowning is one of the leading causes of death for children under the age of five, and it can happen in just seconds. One way parents can help prevent drowning is by following the SAFER acronym, which outlines important steps for water safety.

I have an 11 year old, Makena and an 8 year old Kailer! They began swimming at a very early age, and I was terrified early on that they had a life jacket on at all times. I also took every chance I had to teach them how to swim. Now, we enjoy the lake, pools and ocean every chance we get. Definitely brush up on these steps:

S – Supervision

  • The first step in water safety is supervision. Children should never be left alone near water, whether it’s a pool, lake, or bathtub. It’s important for parents to actively supervise their children and avoid distractions like phones, books, or conversations that may take their attention away from the child.

A – Appropriate barriers

  • Appropriate barriers are essential in preventing drowning incidents. This can include fencing around pools or hot tubs, self-latching gates, and pool covers. It’s important to make sure barriers are secure and properly maintained.

F – Floating devices

  • Floating devices like life jackets and pool noodles can provide added safety for children in and around water. It’s important to use appropriate floating devices that are the right size and fit for the child.

E – Emergency preparedness

  • Parents and caregivers should always be prepared for emergencies. This includes learning CPR and having a phone nearby in case of an emergency. It’s important to have a plan in place and practice it with your family.

R – Rescue

  • In case of an emergency, parents should know how to perform a rescue. This can include knowing how to swim and recognizing the signs of drowning. It’s important to act quickly and call for help if needed.

By following the SAFER acronym, parents can help prevent drowning incidents and keep their children safe in and around water. It’s important to remember that water safety is a shared responsibility and everyone can play a role in preventing drowning. This Water Safety Month, let’s commit to taking steps to ensure the safety of our children and loved ones.



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