The official start of summer is only a few days away. With that comes all of the fun of swimming in a pool, lake or ocean. Swimming is not only a great way to cool down in the hot and humid New Jersey summers, it is also a great form of exercise and well just plain fun for people of all ages.
The Division of Consumer Affairs has released their Swimming Safety Tips just in time for all of the warm weather swimming.
CPSC’s Top 10 Tips to Stay Safe Around the Pool or Spa this Summer:
• Never leave a child unattended in or near a pool or spa and always watch your children closely around all bodies of water. Designate a Water Watcher to supervise children in the pool or spa. This person should not be reading, texting, using a smart phone or be otherwise distracted. Adults can take turns being a Water Watcher.
• Teach children basic water safety tips.
• If a child is missing, look for him or her in the pool or spa first.
• Keep children away from pool drains, pipes and other openings to avoid entrapments.
• Ensure any pool and spa you use has drain covers that comply with federal standards, and, if you do not know, ask your pool service provider whether your covers are in compliance
• Learn how to swim and teach your child how to swim.
• Learn how to perform CPR on children and adults, and update those skills regularly.
• Install a four-foot or taller fence around the perimeter of the pool and spa and use self-closing and self-latching gates; ask your neighbors to do the same at their pools.
• Install and use a lockable safety cover on your spa.
• Have lifesaving equipment such as life rings, floats or a reaching pole available and easily accessible.
Additional Child Safety Tips at Beaches, Lakes, and Rivers from the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs:
• At beaches, lakes, and rivers, make sure your children swim only in areas designated for swimming.
• Don’t let children dive into natural bodies of water; open water may have currents, undertow and hidden hazards under the surface.
• Always make sure your child wears a life jacket approved by the U.S. Coast Guard when riding in a boat. Wear one yourself – for your own safety and to set a good example.
• Avoid alcohol consumption when boating or swimming.
• Ensure your boat’s safety by taking advantage of free “Vessel Safety Checks” offered by the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and United States Power Squadrons. For more information: http://wow.uscgaux.info/content.php?unit=V-DEPT&category=i-want-a-vsc
You can read the full article on the Division of Consumer Affairs Release of Swimming Safety Tips here.