I’m hoping to open our pool at the end of the month. We also spend a lot of time out fishing during the summer, so water safety is important to us. Amber’s 15, but we have younger nieces and nephews and some things, like sun screen, apply at any age.  The following are some tips I found that I thought I’d go ahead and share.

Water Safety Tips Parents Should Know

With the warm weather quickly approaching, it’s important to brush up on water safety tips.

1. Learn CPR, even if there’s always a lifeguard on duty where your kids go swimming. Check with the Red Cross to find a certified instructor in your area. This is especially important if you have a pool at home, where professionals aren’t around to watch the children.

2. Always apply sunscreen to your child before they head outside. This is especially important for babies, who are more prone to sun damage than older children.

3. You may know a thing or two about invoice outsourcing, but do you know when it’s a good time to put your child in swim lessons? Some parents start their baby in classes at just six months old. Continue classes year-round so that they don’t forget what they learned.

4. When you’re teaching your child to swim at home, don’t use flotation “wings.” This teaches the child how to float without assistance, but it doesn’t actually teach them how to swim. Also, if they only get used to swimming with help, they won’t know what to do if the water wings deflate or accidentally come off.

5. Teach your kids to open their eyes underwater without goggles. This isn’t something they have to do regularly, but it’s important that they get used to it in case they accidentally fall into the pool.

6. To get very young children comfortable with water, have them practice blowing bubbles underwater in the bathtub. This will help them to develop a level of comfort with water, which will be helpful when it’s time for them to swim.

7. When your kids have friends over, make sure everyone knows the rules of the pool before they head outside.

8. When your kids are near open bodies of water or on a watercraft, make sure that they wear a life jacket.

9. Consider installing pool fences or other types of barriers. That way, you can lock up your pool at night and you won’t have to worry about accidents happening.

10. If you’re going to be swimming with your children a lot, get them used to a routine, like putting on a bathing suit and applying sunblock.

Whatever you do, make sure to constantly supervise your children.

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