Child Water Safety Tips
Child Water Safety Tips
Water safety is an issue that affects people of all ages, but toddlers and young children are particularly at risk. Drowning is a leading cause of injury and death among young children. With a bit of planning and attention to detail, the risk of drowning can be drastically reduced. Below, we have compiled a list of child water safety tips to help ensure that your child can enjoy water activities in safety.
In the Bath
Believe it or not, a significant number of children are injured in the bathtub every year. It’s possible to drown in as little as an inch of water, so parents must remain diligent when bathing their children. Keep these guidelines in mind at bath time:
Never leave your child unattended. A parent should be present at all times.
Bath safety products are useful but they don’t replace the care of an adult. Bathing seats and bathtubs specifically designed for babies can help your children remain safe, but they cannot replace the care of a vigilant adult.
Be mindful of water temperature. Hot water can scald a young child’s skin. Make sure that the water is an appropriate temperature. Remember that adult skin is less sensitive to hot water than a young child’s.
In the Pool
Taking a dip in the pool is a great way to stay cool and have fun in the summer. It’s important to remember that pools present several dangers (both in and out of the water), though. Abide by these basic rules and everyone should remain safe:
Children should never be left alone in the pool. There should always be an adult present to supervise swimming children. For young children, the adult should remain within an arm’s length.
Only jump when it’s safe. Never jump or dive into an unfamiliar pool, since you don’t know how deep it is or if there might be obstacles that could injure you (such as jets or stairs). There should never be any jumping or diving in the shallow end of any pool.
No running on the deck. The deck of a pool can get quite slippery and a fall at the edge of a pool can be very dangerous.
Inexperienced swimmers should use flotation devices. Children who are still learning to swim should wear lifejackets or other floatation devices. Remember that these devices provide added safety, but they cannot take the place of an attentive adult.
At the Beach
Swimming in the ocean, lakes and ponds can be a great experience, but extra caution must be taken because it isn’t possible to control all of the variables when you’re out in nature. Water currents can be unpredictable and dangerous and there’s always the risk of being injured by a harmful item. Remember the following guidelines:
Keep your eyes open. Unlike a backyard pool, the beach can contain harmful items such as broken glass or sharp rocks. Wear shoes when entering unfamiliar terrain, as sharp items can be hidden under the sand.
Be aware of currents. Unless you are an experienced swimmer, you should never go swimming where there’s an undertow. Teach your children how to recognize dangerous currents and what they should do to protect themselves.