Summer Safety and Swimming

Do your kids love to splash and swim in the summer sun? Of course they do! But, parents should pay close attention to their kids when having fun in the sun as statistics show each year that many children drown in backyard swimming pools and in small kiddie pools. In fact, statistics show that kids under the age of five have the highest risk of drowning. Let Truestar show you how your kids can play safely in the water this

Why Kids Are In Danger

Kids get hurt while swimming because they like to play in the water, but they don¡¯t understand the risks involved, such as drowning. Kids also have a tendency to jump into the water quickly and silently without adult supervision. You may be surprised to know that kids can drown in only a few centimeters (1 inch) of water. Although younger kids under the age of five are at the most risk of drowning, older kids are at risk too. Older kids are more likely to drown when swimming in a river, lake or other open body of water because they maybe used to swimming in a pool, but don¡¯t understand the risks involved in other types of water.

Tips For Safe Swimming

Fence off your pool. Make sure your home swimming pool is surrounded by a 4-sided fence at least 4-feet high with a childproof gate.

Supervise your child. When your child is in the water, he/she should be supervised at all times. If your child is under five, stay right beside him/her at all times when he/she is near water or in the water.

Have your child take swimming lessons. Children are ready to start swimming lessons at about age four. However, swimming lessons do not protect your child from drowning, so they should always be supervised.

Use life jackets. Children under the age of three and children who cannot swim must wear a life jacket or PFD (personal floatation device). Make sure the life jacket fits the child¡¯s weight. Your child could slip out of a life jacket that is too big. You and your child should always wear life jackets while out on a boat.

Have lifesaving equipment nearby. Always have rescue equipment such as a Shepard¡¯s hook, life jacket or first aid box near the pool, as well as a telephone. It is very useful for parents to take a course on pool safety, first aid and lifesaving skills (such as CPR).

Remove all toys from pool area. After use, remove all toys from pool area so kids are not tempted to reach for them.

Truestar wants your child to stay healthy and safe this summer season. Get your kids on the Truestar plan today of healthy meals, easy exercises, nutritious supplements, sleep and attitude plans.

Be well, stay healthy and play safe this summer!