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Water safety tips for parents

Water safety tips for parents

Try these tips for a safe, fun summer by the pool.

  • Put your children in swim lessons. Make sure they can tread water.
  • Have children shower before swimming. Washing off dirt and germs helps keep the water safe for everyone.
  • Supervise your children. Avoid distractions, and keep non-swimmers within arm’s reach. If you are with other parents you know, take turns watching the children.
  • Remind children not to swallow water. Even treated pool water can contain germs.
  • Dry their ears with a towel. Have your children tilt their heads to drain their ears, then dry them. This helps to prevent ear infections.

Reviewed 2/27/2024


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