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Water Safety for Kids

Posted on Jul 01, 2009 by Maggie LaBarbera

Water is a great way for kids to be active and have a lot of fun.  Fun for parents too!With kids jumping in the pools, lakes and beaches, I wanted to share with you some important water safety rules that all kids should follow:Swimming pool safety:

  • there should always be an adult present when kids are in the pool, even backyard pools
  • review swimming pool rules with the kids, they are usually posted nearby
  • teach kids to walk not run in pool areas, watery floors makes it too easy to slip
  • don't rely on blow up water toys as safety devices for kids who can't swim, they can easily lose air
  • review with your child where the depth markers are and how far is appropriate for their age, height and swimming level
  • avoid eating or chewing candy/food while swimming, kids could choke
  • remind children not to push or jump on each other while in the pool
Lakes and Ponds
  • all of the above
  • kids who are not good swimmers should wear a life vest, the bottoms of lakes can change depth
  • water shoes may be required for areas that may have jagged edges or debris
  • teach kids to avoid swimming nearing weeds and tall grass where they could get tangled
  • all of the above
  • teach kids to face the wave so they know when it is coming
  • allow swimming only on beaches that have a lifeguard
  • teach kids to swim within your sight, not too far out




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