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Water Safety for the Summer

Water Safety for the Summer
16 June 2014 1251 Views No comments

Whether you are heading to the beach for some fun in the sun or spending a day at your local pool, there are things you need to remember in order to keep the whole family safe.

Water can be a lot of fun, but it can also be dangerous. Between 40 and 50 children drown each year in the UK, showing just how important it is to ensure that you know how to stay safe at all times.

Lifeguards

One of the first things you want to check when taking your little ones for a swim is whether there are lifeguards.

While there are almost certainly always lifeguards at a pool, it is not always the case on a beach. Check to see if there are any and where they are stationed.

This provides you with peace of mind, but also means you know where they are in case of emergency.

Flags

Sometimes there will be notices or flags telling you of specific dangers. These can range from telling you that there are large waves, that the current is strong, or that there are jellyfish in the area. If you see flags, don't ignore them.

Stay together

As well as setting up a space for everyone on the sand or beside the pool – try to do so by a landmark or put something up that is noticeable to ensure that no one gets lost – you should make sure to always go into the water together.

If your children are heading into the water, they should always be accompanied by an adult. This means there is someone there who can help if a child gets into trouble or there are dangers.

Buoyancy

If your children are young, not strong swimmers or not very confident in the water, it is a good idea to ensure that they have buoyancy aids. The Original Konfidence Jacket is a great option, as it can help build your child's confidence in the water, keep them safe and give you both more confidence.

Be vigilant

You should know where your children are at all times. This may seem silly to say, but as children have a habit of wandering off you need to have an eye on them at all times.

Dressing them in specific colours, patterns or using coloured sun cream can all help them to stand out in a crowd so that you can locate them quickly.

Again, the Konfidence Jacket takes care of business with its bright yellow high-visibility back panel, making it really easy to spot in a pool or on the beach.

Give instructions

Ensuring that your children know they aren't to wander off, go into the water on their own or run around the edge of a pool can help to avoid accidents or incidents. Instilling in them the dangers of being around water means they are more likely to be safe.