Heading to the Lake? Keep Kids Safe

Kids at the lake

Heading to the lake for one last weekend before school starts? Check out these tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics to keep kids safe:

  • Children should wear life jackets at all times when on boats or near bodies of water.
  • Make
    sure the life jacket is the right size for your child. The jacket
    should not be loose. It should always be worn as instructed with all
    straps belted.
  • Blow-up water wings, toys, rafts and air mattresses should not be used as life jackets or life preservers.
  • Adults should wear life jackets for their own protection, and to set a good example.
  • Teens (and adults) should be warned of the dangers of boating when under the
    influence of alcohol, drugs and even some prescription medications.
  • Never swim alone. Even good swimmers need buddies!
  • A
    lifeguard (or another adult who knows about water rescue) needs to be
    watching children whenever they are in or near the water. Younger
    children should be closely supervised while in or near the water – use
    “touch supervision,” keeping no more than an arm’s length away. 
  • Make
    sure your child knows never to dive into water except when permitted by
    an adult who knows the depth of the water and who has checked for
    underwater objects.
  • Never let your child swim in canals or any fast-moving water.

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