With many of us taking vacations and hitting the pool, it’s important to remember to keep ourselves and our family safe while splashing about this summer. Nurse Rose Melendez, RN, tells us about water safety.
Why is water safety so important?
Nurse Rose: While I love taking my kids to the beach or the pool, it’s important to be safe around water because you can drown or be seriously injured if you aren’t being careful. Every day, about 10 people die from drowning in the U.S. Two out of those 10 people are kids under the age of 14.
How can I keep myself and my kids safe at the pool or beach this summer?
Nurse Rose: Just remember these simple water safety tips:
- Stay close, be alert and watch children in any body of water
- Learn water safety skills and teach your kids to swim
- Never leave kids unattended in or near any body of water
- When possible, always swim in designated areas with lifeguards
- Always cover your pool or hot tub at home when unattended.
Is there anything special I should do to keep my kids safe if I have a pool or hot tub at home?
Nurse Rose: If you have a pool or hot tub at home, it’s important to install the proper equipment around your pool – including a fence and a latching gate to keep kids out when the pool is not attended by an adult.
You can also be prepared by keeping rescue equipment that you can reach or toss to someone in the case of drowning.
What should I do if I notice someone drowning or missing?
Nurse Rose: If you notice someone drowning or missing near a body of water, you should follow these steps.
- Call 911 immediately
- Remove the person from water as quickly as possible – either with help from a lifeguard or using rescue equipment you can reach or toss
Just be alert and prepared to stay safe this summer!