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June Tips of the Month: Four Important Components of Water Safety

Supervision
Designate a responsible adult to supervise kids around the water. This person should not be talking with others, reading, talking on the phone, or be otherwise distracted. His or her sole responsibility is to constantly observe the children in or near the water. If the individual needs to leave the area for any reason, he or she should find another responsible adult to take over.

Environment
Ensure safe swimming environments by installing appropriate safety protection around the pool or spa and by displaying signage and emergency equipment. Isolation fencing should be at least 4 feet high and equipped with self-latching, self-closing gates. Pool and door alarms are also good to install as a further protective measure.

Education
Teach children to swim and educate them about water safety. For information on swimming lessons, call:

  • American Red Cross -- 239-278-3401

  • Lee County Parks and Recreation Aquatics -- 239-461-7451

Gear
Children should always wear appropriately sized Coast Guard approved PFDs (Personal Floatation Device) when on boats, in or near open water or participating in water sports. PFDs should fit snugly and not allow the child's chin or ears to slip through the neck opening. Air filled swimming aids, water wings and inner tubes are not safety devices and should never be used in place of a PFD.

 

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