Most drownings are preventable. If you spend any time around water recreationally, please keep reading!
Obviously, I lived, but here is what happened; we were having friends over for a family BBQ and someone put my pool float on me incorrectly (they don’t even make that type anymore, probably for this reason) and I started to go under. Someone was watching me, and I got scooped up. It’s one of my earliest memories. This incident went much better than it may have. They don’t all end well. A couple of years later, we had friends who lost their 4-year-old daughter at the ocean.
Its summer, now, and we all know what that means – hot weather and relaxing in the swimming pool or at the lake, river or ocean to escape the heat and still be outdoors. However, water safety is a must for all, especially if you have children.
That is why I am giving out FREE Water Watcher cards on a lanyard. These cards are a clear reminder of what our responsibilities are and who is responsible at any given moment. Quite simply, whoever is wearing the lanyard agrees to be responsible to keep their eyes on the water without distraction. If there are several adults around, (maybe a BBQ with friends) the Water Watcher card can be passed every 15 minutes or so to another adult that will be responsible to actually watch the kids in the water.
When you have a backyard pool, if you have small children, you should also install a separate fence around the pool that surrounds all sides of the pool and be at least four feet tall. The opening gate to the pool should be self-closing and self-latching. The Health District in Las Vegas also advises putting an alarm on the gate.
It’s wise to take a class in what to do in an emergency – learn CPR and water rescue skills – this can help in saving a life. If you have children I strongly suggest enrolling them in swimming classes. As the saying goes, “an ounce of prevention is worth more than a pound of cure”. When I was 16-20, I was a lifeguard in the summer at camps and I am currently CPR certified. I’m not trying to brag, I’m telling you this is an important subject to me, because I don’t want to read about your little one.
The Water Watcher is not only for a backyard pool. Be a Water Watcher whenever your family is having water fun.
If you have toddlers in the home, make sure all bathtubs are empty of water – did you know a baby can drown in an inch of water? Also get into the habit of putting all toilet seats down so curious toddlers do not get into them.
Water safety also means dealing with monsoon rains and if you are taking out a boat on Lake Mead – those topics are for another blog.
Please contact me anytime for a FREE Water Watcher card and take care of what is most precious in the world – our children.
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