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January 26, 2022

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Be Aware of Home Pool Safety

May is National Water Safety month. Amid our preoccupations with COVID-19, be ultra-careful if your kids are swimming nearby, or if you plan to spend time on the water.

 

Do you know where your kids are?

With the summer of 2020 set to begin —and with kids staying home more often than not — backyard pools will become a hot-spot safety issue. Everyone's been so preoccupied by COVID-19, it would be easy to let your guard down.

HERE ARE FAST TIPS TO HELP YOU REMAIN DILIGENT ABOUT WATER SAFETY AND KID

• Provide close and constant attention to children you are supervising in or near water — including baby pools.

• Be aware that backyard pools in your neighborhood have adequate barriers, including four-sided fencing.

• Make sure your children have swimming and water-survival skills.

• Insist that children, inexperienced swimmers, and all boaters wear U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets.

 

USEFUL LINKS

Learn how to respond to a water emergency here.

Check out swimming lesson information here.

Visit home pool safety information here.

 

SOURCE: American Red Cross

 

With fewer kid activities away from home, more kids will be in the neighborhood. Stay aware of pools and water safety in neighbor's backyards.

 

About the Author

Susan Swindell Day

Susan Day is the editor in chief for this publication and the mom of four amazing kids.