Emphasize Water Safety This Month

May is National Water Safety Month. Are you prepared?

Here are 10 tips for parents from the World Waterpark Association and Water World in Hyland Hills, Colo.:


  1. Provide swim lessons for children before third grade if possible.
  2. Read and discuss safety rules with children upon arrival at the pool or waterpark.
  3. Make sure any personal floatation devices are Coast Guard approved.
  4. Stay in close proximity to your children at all times.
  5. Wear water shoes to protect feet from hot sidewalks.
  6. Never bring a sick child (especially a child suffering from diarrhea) to the pool.
  7. Remind children to avoid ingesting water and to take regular bathroom breaks.
  8. Change diapers in designated areas only.
  9. Sun safety: Apply sunscreen a half hour before going out into the sun for maximum absorption. Use sunscreen that is at least 30 SPF–and reapply every 2 hours. Stay hydrated with water and other clear liquids or sports drinks.
  10. Never swim alone, especially at neighborhood pools where no lifeguards are on duty.

Now is a good time to remind your patrons about these water safety tips–before summer is in full swing.

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