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We love cooling down in the water on hot summer days but we never forget the safety risks to our kids. As you enjoy time in the pool at home or around town, here are some safety tips to keep in mind.
W – “Wear a life jacket.” Realize that floaties, noodles and plastic inner tubes do NOT protect against drowning. They are created as water toys, not life-saving devices. U.S. Coast Guard approved life jackets can be worn while swimming or boating to keep you safe.
A. – Act. “Throw but don’t go!” If you see someone in trouble in the water, throw an item for them to grab onto but NEVER jump in yourself — you could be putting both of you in danger!
T – Take Swim Lessons. Swim lessons are the best way to ensure you and your family stay safe and has the most fun while in the water.
E – Educate. Learn Swim Safety Skills. Key to swim safety is knowing essential skills like treading water and rolling over to float and catch a breath. With education about swim safety, you’ll be prepared if something unexpected happens.
R – Respect and Follow the Rules. Pay attention to posted rules and signage — listen to lifeguards, parents, and coaches. The rules and adults in charge are there to keep everyone safe!
Whenever you’re around water, have an adult present and attentively watching the kids. Put down the phone and take in the moment – these years don’t last long. If you’re with a group pass a bracelet, hat, or special cup designating the ‘lifeguard on duty’ so everyone knows who’s keeping an eye on the kids.
It’s scary to think about, but drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional death in children ages 1 to 4 years and ages 10 to 14 years. Goldfish Swim School offers swim classes for all ages at locations across metro Detroit. We attend the Birmingham Swim School and love it! The water and room temperature are kept at 90 degrees all year long, allowing parents and kids to focus on the lessons and have fun!
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About Carrie Budzinski
Carrie Budzinski is the Vice President of LittleGuide Detroit. She grew up in Livonia and Detroit and continues to live life in both cities. Carrie loves exploring the city and finding hidden gems in the suburbs..