May is National Water Safety Month!

Did you know that May is National Water Safety month? Are you ready to keep yourself and your family safe near water?

Here are a few things to keep in mind.

If you plan to swim outdoors this summer, know your local swimming hole. Is there a current you should be aware of? Do you know how to escape a strong current? Do you know what to do in case you get a cramp while swimming? Swimming in areas with certified lifeguards is always the best choice.

Back yard pools should have their grating and electrical work inspected. Home pools should have fences and gates that keep children from accidentally wandering inside the pool area without being noticed. There are alarm systems which can alert the homeowner if it detects motion or something falling into the pool.

Make a personal or family aquatic emergency plan. Outline what you or your family should do in case someone needs help near water. Explain to your kids what emergency services are when to call 911. Teach your children to throw something buoyant to a distressed swimmer and run to get assistance.

The best protection is prevention. Close supervision is the best way to protect your children. A person can slip underwater silently and drown in as little as 20 seconds. Adults should practice safe behavior and never swim alone. Everyone can benefit from swim lessons and learning basic rescue techniques. Take your preparation a bit further and take a CPR course, or even get yourself certified as a Life Guard.

If you or your children do not know how to swim, consider taking a class. It’s never too late to learn! Our swim lessons include age appropriate safety and rescue techniques. In addition to swimming, we offer First Aid, CPR, AED and Lifeguarding Courses. Don’t let cost be the prohibiting factor in your family’s safety, we provide financial assistance to those in need.

About Kelley O'Hara, Aquatics Director

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