Swimming safety tips
Temperatures in the KC Metro are on the rise! With the warm weather, people are hitting the pools and lakes to cool off. The Environmental Public Health Program reminds you of a few tips to ensure your swimming experiences are safe ones:
- Even if you’re a good swimmer, never swim alone. Many drownings involve single swimmers.
- Learn life-saving skills such as floating and moving through the water, as well as CPR.
- Don’t rely on flotation devices, such as rafts, to take you to areas you can’t swim. If you lose the raft, you could end up in a struggle.
- Wear life-jackets when boating. Even if kids can swim, life jackets should be used in all natural bodies of water, and can also be used in pools for inexperienced swimmers.
- Alcohol is a major factor in many drowning accidents. Don’t swim under the influence.
- Dive only where designated. Before diving you should check for depth and obstructions and remember that feet first is far safer than head first.
- Teach your kids to swim. Studies show that children tend to learn faster the younger they are. If you don’t know how to swim, it is never too late to learn!
- At your home pool remember that you are the lifeguard. NEVER leave a child alone anywhere near a pool. Make sure your pool is completely fenced and that the fence is locked and there is no access from your home to the pool when you’re not there.
- Be alert and on the look-out near water. Adults watching kids in or near water should avoid distracting activities like playing cards, reading books, and talking on the phone.
Additional safe swimming tips can be found at: