The summer is upon us, and swimming is a fun recreational sport and great way to exercise that is enjoyed by children and adults alike. As you and your family head out into the water this year, CTMH would like to share these swimming safety tips with you:
- Never swim alone.
- Never leave a baby or young child unsupervised near water; teach your children to ask for permission before swimming, and always ensure that an adult that can swim will be supervising.
- Young children and new swimmers should wear flotation or safety devices – such as life jackets and water wings.
- Make sure all members of your family learn to swim well; enroll children and child care workers in swim classes.
- If you have a pool, secure the area with a fence or other barrier.
- If a child is missing, check the water first. Every second is important in preventing water related injury or death.
- Protect your skin by limiting your exposure during the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Wear sunscreen with a SPF of at least 15.