Stay safe in the water this summer with these tips from The Baton Rouge Clinic.
Studies show that drowning is responsible for more deaths among 1 to 4-year old’s than any other causes except birth defects. Make sure that both children and adults are safe in the water this summer with these tips!
Pool and Beach Safety:
- Both children and adults should never swim alone- even the strongest swimmer should always have a buddy
- For young children or inexperienced swimmers, provide “touch supervision,” meaning the child is within arm’s reach when in or near water
- Always supervise children closely, and at the beach, be aware of rip currents. If you get caught in one, don’t swim against it, swim parallel to the shore until clear of the current
- Never swim during storms or lightning
- Bright colored bathing suits are best, especially for young children, so that they can be easily spotted in and around the water
- Children should wear life jackets at all times when on boats, docks, or near water
- Make sure that the life jacket is the right size. It should be worn with all straps belted, and not loose
Don’t forget to apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen 30 minutes prior to going in the water, so that it has time to work. Your sunscreen should have an SPF of at least 30, and should be reapplied every two hours, or more often if you are swimming or sweating.