Take Precautions for Safe Swimming

Swimming can be a great summertime activity and is a lot of fun for kids of all ages, but it can also be very dangerous if the proper precautions are not taken.

Important guidelines to remember include;

Children need to learn to swim at an early age, but remember that even advanced skills cannot eliminate the potential risk of drowning.

  1. Parents must always closely supervise their children around water and should be in the water with small children and never further than arm’s length away.

  2. Parents should know CPR.

  3. Pools should be fenced in on all 4 sides.

  4. Know that large inflatable pools may not have the same building code requirements for fencing and they can pose a large drowning risk.

  5. Never leave a small child alone or in the care of another small child while in the water.

  6. Make sure buckets, pools, barrels, etc… are emptied when not in use as the can pose as a drowning risk.

  7. Use life jackets instead of air filled swimming aids as these aids can deflate.

  8. Always have young children wear a lifejacket when they are at water’s edge of a lake, stream, pond, pool, etc…

  9. Know the depth of water and under water hazards before allowing children to jump in.  Jump feet first and never dive.

By Luke Tremble, MD, pediatrician, ThedaCare Physicians Pediatrics - Appleton.