Water Safety Tips for a Safe and Fun Summer

At Children’s Rehabilitation Institute TeletonUSA (CRIT), we are deeply committed to the safety and well-being of our patients and their families. As summer arrives and water activities take center stage, it’s crucial to prioritize safety whether by the pool, at the beach, or even at home. Here are some essential tips to ensure a safe and enjoyable summer.

 Pool Safety

  1. Continuous Supervision: Always supervise children when swimming or near a pool. Constant supervision is the key to accident prevention.
  2. Even if a child knows how to swim, they should never do so alone. Being accompanied by a friend or family member is essential for ensuring their safety.
  3. Bright-Colored Swimsuits: Wearing bright neon-colored swimsuits increases visibility in the pool in case of an emergency. Avoid dark-colored swimsuits, as they are difficult to see underwater.
  4. Appropriate Floating Equipment: Ensure that the floating equipment your child uses is suitable for their weight and size. 
  5. Empty Paddling Pools: Empty paddling pools after each use, as stagnant water can pose a hazard even when not in use.

Open Water Safety

  1. Approved Life Jacket: Wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket when on a boat or participating in open water activities. Always check the approval label to ensure its safety.
  2. Knowledge of the Environment: Be aware of the differences between swimming in a pool and in open water. Decreased visibility, uneven surfaces, changes in currents, and the presence of vessels can pose additional risks.
  3. Constant Monitoring: Assign someone to constantly monitor the water, and it is advisable to change this person every 10 to 15 minutes to prevent fatigue. Ensure the guard is never distracted.

Home Security

  1. Constant Attention: Always keep a close eye on your children when water is nearby, as children can drown in as little as an inch of water.
  2. Locking Doors: Close bathroom doors and use childproof locks to prevent unsupervised access.
  3. Drain Bathtubs: Ensure that all bathtubs are drained and toilet seats are closed. Use childproof locks to reduce access to water areas.
  4. Empty the Buckets: Ensure all water buckets are emptied to prevent any potential hazards, as even small amounts of water can be dangerous. 
  5. Locks and Fences: If you have an outdoor pool, consider adding childproof locks to the doors and installing a fence around the pool to prevent unsupervised access.

Maintaining water safety is not only vital during the summer months, but all year round. With your help and the implementation of these precautionary measures, we can ensure that our children enjoy their water activities safely and happily.

Your commitment to children’s safety makes a difference. Thanks for being part of our community!