For many people, the 4th of July means cookouts, swimming, and having fun with those we are closest to. And while swimming can be a great way to cool off in the summer heat, it is important that we are keeping an eye on all and any children tempted by the cool water, no matter how hectic and busy the parties may get.
Here are some tips provided by CPSC.gov to ensure your child's safety this 4th of July!
Staying Close, Being Alert and Watching Children in and Around the Pool
- Always keep an eye on your children around any body of water, and never leave them unattended!
- Make sure your child is aware of basic water safety tips
- Keep small children away from pool drains, pipes, and other openings to avoid entrapments
- Make sure to keep a telephone close by whenever you are near a body of water
- If a child is missing, look for them in the water first
- Share safety instructions with family, friends, and neighbors, so everyone will be alert
Learning and Practicing Water Safety Skills
- Make sure both you and your child know how to swim if you will be in the water
- Learn how to perform CPR on children and adults, and update those skills regularly
- Understand the basics of life-saving so that you can assist in any water emergency
Following these tips and being aware this Independence day will not only keep your child safe, but it will give you peace of mind, so you can enjoy the holiday to the fullest!