In the time it takes to apply sunscreen or reply to a text message, a water emergency can happen. It only takes a moment for a child or a weak swimmer to drown. As we enter the summer months and find ourselves at the pool, the lake, or the beach, water safety is critical! The American Red Cross has some specific tips for common water areaa to help keep our families safe and reduce the risk this summer so you can enjoy taking that splash.

Pool or Hot Tub

  • Secure your pool with appropriate barriers. 

  • Designate a water watcher…and stay in arm’s reach of young children.

  • Install anti-entrapment drain covers and safety release systems to protect against drain entrapment.

  • If a child is missing, check the water first. 69% of young children who drown were not expected to be in or near water.

Lakes and Rivers

  • Be sure you are water competent for natural environments before swimming – this is not your home pool! Swimming in natural water environments is more challenging.

  • Always enter unknown or shallow water feet first.

  • Watch out for currents, waves, and underwater obstructions – they’re not just found in the ocean.

Beach and Ocean

  • Swim in designated areas with a lifeguard present.

  • Always swim with a buddy.
  • Avoid areas with moving water, waves or rip currents.
  • Stay within your fitness and swimming capabilities. 

At home

We know the obvious areas to be cognizant of water safety, but have you thought about the areas in your home where kids can get into water? Whether your kids are in bathtubs, backyard pools or around buckets, use these tips for water safety at home.

Adapted from guidance provided by the Red Cross.