Stay Safe This Summer With These Tips to Prevent Child Drowning
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Stay Safe This Summer With These Tips to Prevent Child Drowning

Summer in Minnesota is a time for gatherings, fun, celebrations, and the joy of children splashing and giggling in the water. There is no sound that brings more smiles.

However, enjoying the water in Minnesota comes with its own set of risks. Being aware and prepared can help prevent tragedy.

Cynthia Páez-Bowman of Safety.com has put together a great list of reminders and things to keep in mind to keep our families safe while swimming, skiing, boating and enjoying the great outdoors this summer.

Water safety should always be a priority, especially after a year-long hiatus. Drowning is the second leading cause of accidental death in children ages 1-4 and 10-14. And for every drowning death, five children are hospitalized for near-drowning injuries. Children with special needs are at twice the risk of drowning than children who are developing normally, so parents need to take the necessary precautions.

Stay Safe This Summer With These Tips to Prevent Child Drowning

Pool usage rules

All children should follow the rules, whether they plan to swim in their home pool or a guest pool. One of the most important rules they should learn is to wait for permission (and supervision) to swim. Parents should follow this rule to make sure children understand that approaching the pool without supervision is potentially dangerous and prohibited.

Safety Fencing and Pool Coverings

Children are drawn to pools, and securing your pool is essential to prevent water-related accidents. A safety fence is a good first barrier to keep children safe. It should completely surround the pool and be at least 4 feet high. Install a fence that is regularly checked and locked around the perimeter of the pool and install an alarm that sounds when the water surface is disturbed by movement.

All children under the age of ten must wear an approved life jacket at all times while boating in Minnesota.

Waterpark Safety

Water parks are exciting for kids. However, water parks are usually chaotic and full of distractions, making it difficult for parents to properly supervise their child. Guardians should make sure children wear a life jacket in case the child wanders off. Wearing a waterproof form of identification, such as a bracelet with a name and cell phone number or a tag sewn to a swimsuit, can help if your child gets lost in all the fun.

Safety tips for natural water bodies

Lakes and rivers pose various hazards for children who enjoy water. Natural bodies of water can be unpredictable. Depending on how restless or distractible your child is, you may want to start by playing in the pool until they are older or more experienced. As with pool safety, children should understand that water can be fun, but it also requires caution. They should ask for permission before going into the pool, wait for someone to supervise them

Spending time outdoors and splashing around in the water can be a wonderful, bonding experience for you and your child. Depending on your child’s comfort level, water play can be as simple as blowing bubbles or as physical as swimming. It’s important that your child can safely and comfortably explore the pool, beach, or lake with your support and supervision, creating a lasting love of the water and fun summer memories.

Can the color of a swimsuit affect your child’s safety? Find out more HERE.

Have fun. Take care. Splash around a lot!

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