Water safety tips for children, adults

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NEW YORK (PIX11)– In light of the recent drowning deaths that have occurred throughout New York City so far this summer, below are some water safety tips to be mindful of when going to the pool or beach.

Water Safety Tips via YMCA:

  • Teach children to get comfortable in the water and swim at an early age and educate them about water safety.
  • Always actively supervise children when they’re both in and around the water; ensure that pools are secured with appropriate barriers; and require children to swim designated areas that are within sight of guardians and certified lifeguards.
  • Instruct children to never run, push or jump on others in and around the pool
  • Never let children swim alone; always designate swimming buddies before visiting the beach or pool.
  • Protect your skin from sun burn and sun stroke by wearing hats and sunglasses and applying sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher and limiting direct exposure to sunlight for prolonged periods of time.
  • Make sure children always life jackets and use proper water safety and floatation devices.
  • Children should always wear a PFD (personal floatation device while on a boat. If it doesn’t fit, get one that does.
  • Ensure that kids drink plenty of fluids to stay properly hydrated especially on hot days.
  • Become a certified in infant and child First Aid and CPR.

Additionally, if you or your child want to learn how to swim, the Swim Strong Foundation is a place where you can start. The non-profit offers affordable classes for both adults and children at Queens, Brooklyn and Manhattan locations. Since 2009, the organization has provided 2,444 lessons with over 883 scholarships to children so they can be water safe and gain better swimming skills.