When summer approaches, it’s a perfect time to think about kids and water safety. Unfortunately, more children die each year while swimming in open water than they do in pools, bathtubs or other water sources. In fact, 150 families are impacted per week by drowning or near drowning experiences—most of which are preventable.
Different bodies of water present different dangers, like currents in oceans and rivers and rocks and vegetation in lakes. However, every body of water requires attention to the important factors of temperature, depth, visibility and more. If lifeguards are present, ask about the safest area to swim. Always be sure to enter unfamiliar water slowly, feeling with your feet first. Also, keep in mind that open water is often colder than smaller bodies of water, like pools. Hypothermia can set in quickly, especially in children, and it may become hard to move and stay above water when their bodies become too cold.
Review the following infographic to prepare yourself and your kids for the hidden dangers in open water. Practice open water swimming safety and ensure safe, fun summers at the beach or the lake for years to come. Learn more about water safety at MakeSafeHappen.com