What more enjoyable way is there to relish the warm weather than a day at the beach or a dip in a pool. However, it is imperative to be safe when swimming and playing around water so everyone can enjoy a fun time.
The American Red Cross is committed to preventing situations that may cause human suffering so we have teamed up with the Red Cross to bring you some important water safety tips. And remember, your Red Cross car donations go a long way to alleviate a person suffering due to an accident or emergency.
Be Safe at the Pool
- Each person who is near the pool should be water competent. That is, they should learn to swim well, know their limitations and know how to see and avoid dangerous situations.
- Actively supervise your kids and always be within arms reach of younger children and new swimmers.
- Enforce the swim rules with your children. Make sure they follow the rules.
- Put up a fence around pools at home on all four sides and include an automatic closing and latching gate.
- Enforce the buddy system when swimming. When at a pool with no lifeguard on duty, keep a close watch on kids in and around the pool.
Be Safe at the Beach
Swimming in the ocean, river or lake is much different than in a pool. Make sure you have the skills needed for these settings.
- Swim only at beaches that have lifeguards and only in the designated swim areas.
- Always obey the instructions from the lifeguard. Ask them about local conditions.
- Always swim sober and with a buddy. Monitor your energy to ensure you have enough energy to swim back to shore.
- Do not dive headfirst into the water – protect your neck. Be careful walking into open waters, watch for and avoid aquatic life.
- Do not panic if you get caught in a rip current. Signal to people on shore that you need help. Swim parallel to the shore until you get out of the current. Once free, head towards the shore. If you cannot swim to the shore, tread water or float until you are free of the current and then head towards the shore.
Be Water Competent
When you are in water or playing near water, it’s smart to be water competent. Sadly, drowning is a leading cause of accidental death and can happen fast and silently. Learning how to be water smart can prevent you and your child from drowning. Water competency includes:
- Learning how to swim and basic water skills. This includes jumping in water and returning to the surface, controlled breathing while floating or treading water, exiting water safely and swimming a minimum of 25 yards safely.
- Knowing your limitations. This includes sensing your energy levels and assessing distances and the time it would take to swim to a certain point.
- Recognizing safe swim areas.
- Knowing what to do in common water hazards.
- Wearing a lifejacket while on a boat.
- Recognizing the warning signs of drowning and how to safely rescue someone.
- Knowing CPR.
Here at Donate-a-car, we want you to be safe while you are enjoying time in the water. You can help others be save when you donate a car to the Red Cross. Car donation is a great, no-cost way to make a difference to those in need.