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Keeping kids safe around water

 
Water play can be a great source of fun and exercise for the whole family, but it can also be dangerous for kids if the proper water safety precautions are not taken. The good news is though there are many ways to keep children safe in and around water. Check out these helpful tips.
Water play can be a great source of fun and exercise for the whole family, but it can also be dangerous for kids if the proper water safety precautions are not taken.

The good news is though there are many ways to keep children safe in and around water.


6 Ways to keep kids safe around water

 

1. Supervision


Young kids need constant supervision around water. Whether the water is in a bucket, a paddling pool, a fish pond, a swimming pool, a spa, the beach or a lake.

Young children are especially vulnerable - they can drown in less than 6 centimetres of water.


2. Swimming lessons


It’s never too early to begin swimming lessons to teach your kids how to swim.
 

3. Life jackets/life vests


Invest in proper fitting, coast guard approved flotation devices (life jackets/life vests) and use them whenever your kids are near water.

Check the weight and size recommendations on the label, then have your kids try theirs on to make sure it fits snugly.

For kids younger than 5 years old, choose a life jacket with a strap between the legs and head support - the collar will keep their head up and face out of the water.

Inflatable vests and arm devices such as water wings are not effective protection against drowning.
 

4. Protection


Teach your kids to be Sunsmart. Don't forget the sunscreen and reapply frequently, especially if the children are getting wet. UV sunglasses, hats, and protective clothing can also help provide sun protection.
 

5. Stay hydrated


Kids should drink plenty of fluids, particularly water, to prevent dehydration. It's easy to get dehydrated in the sun, especially when kids are active and sweating.

Dizziness, feeling lightheaded, or nausea are just some of the signs of dehydration and overheating.
 

6. Fence in your pool


Having a fence (one that goes directly around the pool or spa) between the water and your house is the best safety investment you can make and will help prevent pool-related drownings. 

Check with your local council regarding requirements for this. 
 

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Source: This article was written by Nurtured At Home - providing high quality learning environments in a safe and nurturing home.
Image source: brisbanekids.com.au
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