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Water Safety Tips this Summer

Drowning, the second leading cause of accidental death among children is also the second leading cause of accidental death among adults.

What Parents Should Know About Pool Safety:

  • If your apartment has a pool, inspect the fence and gate. If the gate does not lock or you find any other defects with the fence, report it to the apartment management immediately
  • NEVER leave a child alone near water –that includes water in a pool, spa, bathtub, toilet, bucket or any standing water in which a child's nose or mouth may be submerged
  • Apartment pools have a phone near the pool. Know where it is.
  • Use approved flotation devices.
  • Enroll children over the age of 3 in swimming lessons taught by qualified instructors - REMEMBER- swimming lessons do not make your child "Drown-Proof!"
  • Learn CPR.
  • Make sure there is no standing water on the pool deck. Standing water is the #1 cause of slips and falls around a pool. NO RUNNING on the pool deck!
  • Always have a first aid kit and emergency contacts handy.
  • Pay attention to local weather conditions and forecasts. If lightning and thunder are nearby, get out until the storm has passed.
  • Call 911 in case of emergencies.
  • Throw! Don't go. Throw rescue equipment!

Teach Your Kids these Safety Tips:

  • Always swim with a buddy.
  • Don't dive into unknown bodies of water. Jump in feet first to avoid hitting your head on the shallow bottom.
  • Don't push or jump on others in or around water.
  • Swim in supervised areas only.
  • Obey all rules and posted signs.

Visit www.safeinmyplace.com for more water safety tips.