-Make sure to teach water safety tips and swimming skills as early as possible
-Never leave a child unattended in a pool or spa and keep your eyes on them at all times when they are in or around the water
-If you are leaving children with a babysitter, make sure they know water safety and make sure to emphasize the need for constant supervision while in and around water
-Keep children away from pool drains, pipes and other types of openings that could cause a child to accidently get stuck or caught up in
-Post CPR instructions and make an effort to learn the procedures
-Keep a first-aid kit nearby
-Have a telephone close by when in or near the water. That way, if there is an emergency, you can dial 9-1-1 immediately
-Keep rescue equipment near the pool. Don’t wait for the paramedics to arrive because you could be losing life-saving seconds. Remember that four to six minutes without oxygen to the brain causes permanent damage and sometimes death.
-Install pool and gate alarms to alert you when your child goes into the pool area
-If a child is ever missing, look for them in the pool or spa first- every second counts!
With these important tips, you should be able to keep you and your family safe in and around the water. Summer is a time for fun in the sun, but safe fun is a must to keep your family happy and healthy! Cell Phone Sally urges you to be prepared and cautious around water- and don’t forget to dial 9-1-1 in case of an emergency.