National Water Safety Month 2019 kicks off on May 1st! As spring and summer temperatures climb in many parts of the world, participation in water play increases exponentially. Splash pads, water parks, and pools are a great option to cool down while developing key skills through play. In order to participate in these activities safely, check out these tips from the American Red Cross:
- Swim in designated areas supervised by lifeguards
- Always swim with a buddy
- If you go boating, wear a life jacket
- Install and use barriers around your home pool or hot tub
- Actively supervise children whenever around the water
- Always stay within arm’s reach of young children and avoid distractions
- Keep toys not in use away from the water and out of sight
- Reach or throw aid to distressed swimmers; don’t go
Here are some additional resources for water safety education:
The National Water Safety Month campaign is a joint effort of the American Red Cross, The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals, the National Recreation and Park Association and the World Waterpark Association.
The event has been held annually for ten years and is designed to help prevent drowning and water-related illness and injuries.
Commit to safety in water play with the “I’m a Safe Swimmer” pledge.
More details about National Water Safety Month can be found here.