May is National Water Safety Month and today (May 21st) is National Learn to Swim Day! Learning to swim is an experience many people never have. Whether it’s a fear of the water, not having time/money, or the lack of actual resources, learning to swim is often put on the backburner. In case you haven’t learned to swim or have not been taught basic water safety, we wanted to give you the opportunity to know what to do and how to stay safe around water.
10 Ways to Practice Water Safety
- Swim where lifeguards are present.
- Never swim alone.
- Make sure a phone is nearby and ready to use in the event of an emergency.
- Wear a U.S. Coast Guard life jacket. Hint: There will be certification seal on the inside of the life jacket.
- Take Swimming Lessons
- Learn and become certified in CPR
- Monitor all swimming participants, especially children.
- Establish family rules.
- Create a protective barrier, like a fence and a locking gate, around your pool.
- Pay attention to any water and weather hazards such as debris, leaves, rain, thunder, and lightning.