Memorial Day weekend is here and many pools—including the —are open for the start of the swimming season.
The American Red Cross wants everyone to have a safe weekend around the water and encourages families to keep the following tips in mind to have fun, and stay safe, while enjoying recreational water activities.
- Swim only in designated areas supervised by lifeguards. Always swim with a buddy. Do not allow anyone to swim alone.
- Adults and children who are not strong swimmers should use U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets.
- Prevent unsupervised access to the water. Install and use barriers around your home pool or hot tub.
- Maintain constant supervision. Always stay within arm’s reach of young children even when lifeguards are present.
- Watch out for the “dangerous too” signs—too tired, too much sun, too little hydration, too cold, too far from safety and too much strenuous activity.
- Know what to do in an emergency. If a child is missing, check the water first. Know how and when to call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number.
- Have the appropriate rescue equipment, a phone, life jackets, reaching pole and a first aid kit near the pool, and know how to use them.
- Learn Red Cross First Aid and CPR.
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