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Swimming is the most popular summer activity, and the best thing you can do to help your family stay safe is to enroll in age-appropriate swim lessons. Swimming is something that people of all ages enjoy, even if it’s just putting your feet in. It can also be something that can turn dangerous in a second.
Here at Slocum Center for Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, we encourage water safety no matter what you are doing or where you’re going. To stay safe in the water, here are some tips to follow:
- Swim in designated areas
- Always swim with a buddy
- Never leave a young child unattended near water
- Young children or inexperienced swimmers should wear life jackets
- Establish family rules and enforce them
- Even if you aren’t swimming, be cautious around bodies of water
In case of an emergency, call 9-1-1 as fast as you can. If a child is missing, check the water first because every second counts. It is always a good idea to take a CPR class, just to be prepared.