Water safety rules for children
Water activities are a fun way for kids to cool off in the hot summer months. But it is necessary to guarantee your safety since drowning is the second cause of death from accidents in children aged 1 to 14 years.
What basic precautions should be established to prevent drowning in children?
Some rules can be established such as:
- Teach children to ask permission to be close to the water, to always stay with a partner and never play alone in water.
- Beware of cold water! Being submerged in water, the body temperature can drop rapidly. Hypothermia affects normal body function and can lead to drowning.
- Aim children to swimming classes, considerably reduces the risk of drowning.
- Never leave children unattended. The adults who are supervising the children must be attentive and without any distraction such as reading or sending messages with the mobile.
- Children must stay away from the pool drains and of the suction accessories, since entrapments can occur.
- In the Beach, children should stay in a supervised area for swimming, in the sight of a lifeguard or under the supervision of an adult.
- Check the water depth before letting children jump, both in swimming pools and in an area with rocks on the beach.
- Be on the lookout for waves and the watercourses.
- Teach children the meaning of color and symbols of the beach flags.
- Beware of inflatable toys and floats! They should never be used without adult supervision.
- It is advisable isolate the pool of the house by surrounding it with a fence. The door must be latched at a height that is out of the reach of children.