Summer is officially here for the boys and many children across the country. What does that mean? Likely lots of dips in our own backyard pool as well as trips to local lakes, beaches and even water parks. Growing up in Florida where you can swim nearly year round, my boys all know how to swim fairly well. With my youngest turning 10, I thought my days of worrying about them being safe in the water were over. However, I have recently become aware of some hidden dangers that may be lurking in the water where we choose to swim. Since swimming season is finally here, I wanted to take the chance to share the ABCD’s of water safety from The ZAC Foundation in the hopes that they might help prevent injuries and possible tragedies this Summer.
The ABCD’s of Water Safety
The ZAC Foundation wants to ensure that children and their parents know how to be safer around water through education and advocacy programs. The ZAC Foundation provides a wealth of water safety tips, resources and programming (ZAC Camps) for parents and children of all ages (birth to teenagers). The Foundation targets children ages 5-9 with most of their safety programming. Part of this programming are a set of steps that can help you stay safe in the water this Summer, these are the ABCD’s of water safety:
- ADULT: Never let children be alone near or in a pool, ocean, lake, or river. Children should be taught to never swim without an adult present.
- BARRIER: Have a four-sided fence that goes around your pool with a self-locking gate.
- CLASSES: Kids and adults should take safety classes like swim lessons and CPR.
- DRAINS: ALL swimmers should stay away from all pool and spa drains to avoid becoming trapped by the suction.
- The ZAC Foundation Children’s Book: The Polar Bear Who Couldn’t, Wouldn’t Swim
- Beach towel
- Water Watcher Card