Summer Water Safety Tips
Summer is almost here and living in Texas means summertime is hot! Which means we do our best to stay cool by swimming at the local pool, playing in the water hose or just hanging out in our shady backyard. Our backyard has a goldfish pond which means water safety is always on our mind! Summer equals summer water safety tips!
Tips for Pond Safety
The flash of the golden fish tails in the summer sunlight is something the kids can watch all day long. Weston knows how to be safe around the pond but sometimes Carrigan leans over the edge of the pond and reaches for the fish. I must be at her side at all times. Here are some ideas to keep your pond safe for the kids!
- Cover It: Cover the pond with a grill. Use a rigid metal, not just a flimsy chicken wire type. You can easily find these grills on-line.
- Fence It: Put a fence around the pond with a self-closing gate and a childproof lock.
- Lock It: Make sure all doors from the house that have access to the pond are securely locked at all times. And make sure the doggie door is also latched.
- Fill It: Drain the pond until they are older. You can even fill it in and make a garden.
ABC&D’s of Pool Safety
My grandkids have been taking swimming lessons for quite a while now. And they love them! But even though they are learning to swim quickly, there is still always that chance the worst could happen.
Here are some easy tips to remember for pool safety.
- A for Adult: Teach your children to NEVER swim without an adult being present.
- B for Barrier: Always enclose all pools, spas and backyard ponds with a four-sided fence and a self-closing gate with a childproof lock.
- C for Classes: Start swimming lessons when they are young and as parents, you need to take CPR classes.
- D for Drains: Teach them to stay away from ALL drains.
The ZAC Foundation
The ZAC Foundation‘s mission is to ensure that children and their parents, and grandparents, know how to be safe around water through education and advocacy programs. The Foundation provides water safety tips, resources and programming for children from birth to teenagers, targeting children ages 5-9 with most of their safety programming.
The ZAC Foundation drain entrapment video is also a great resource for all parents and caregivers.
The ZAC Foundation is named for Zachary Archer Cohen, who drowned in 2007 at the age of 6, after his arm was trapped by the suction of a pool drain. His memory is kept alive by his family’s mission to prevent this tragedy from happening to anyone else.
Water Safety Giveaway
A great way to teach kids about water safety is to read them a story that includes safety tips on a level they can really understand. The ZAC Foundation founders have written a wonderful book The Polar Bear Who Couldn’t, Wouldn’t Swim. This book will certainly become a favorite at our house.
One lucky reader will win a copy of the book, along with a beach towel, wristband and Water Watcher Card. To enter for your chance to win, use the form below. The giveaway is open to US residents and ends on June 13th. Good luck!
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.