A Fun and Safe Summer

The hot summer months are almost here and soon many will be seeking a refreshing dip in the water of their pool, lake, or beach. While focusing on cooling you and your family down you might not put much thought into preventing injury, yet drowning is the leading cause of injury and death for young children. It takes seconds for an accident to happen while spending time near water.

Fortunately, risk of drowning is preventable if you are aware of your surroundings and actions. If you have a pool it is vital to always have life-saving flotation devices near the pool area. In households with children it is important to make sure that children do not play around the pool area or swim in the pool without adult supervision at any time. If possible, make sure pools and spas are enclosed on all four sides with self-closing and latching gates. It is also worth looking into installing an exit alarm on any door that provides direct access to the pool. Another important safety modification to consider is an anti-entrapment drain cover for pools and spas.

Making sure that your surroundings are secure is important, but so is making sure that you are prepared in the case that an accident does occur. You should always know the address of your location in case you need to call 9-1-1. If you are at a beach or lake location, pinpoint your nearest street, cross street, and landmarks. Remember to always have a U.S. Coast Guard-approved lifejacket when participating in water sports such as tubing or jet skiing. Do not consume alcohol if operating a boat. Following these simple guidelines can help you have a fun and safe time under the sun this summer. For more information on water safety visit www.rsf-fire.org.