Consider This: Make swimming safety a priority this summer

PINE BELT (WDAM) - Here in the Pine Belt, we love our summertime outdoor activities, and swimming is a favorite. Not only are there lots of physical benefits, it's also something the whole family can enjoy.

But, like a lot of things in life, it also comes with risk.

Sadly, every summer we hear about lives lost too soon due to drowning. Overall, an estimated 1,000 children drown in a single year, 70 percent of them between May and August.

Recent research indicates that more children drown in lakes, rivers and oceans than in swimming pools, and it appears that boys are at a greater risk than girls.

Some ways to keep children safe in water include:

  • Use designated swimming and recreational areas whenever possible.
  • Watch children when they are in or around water.
  • Keep young children and inexperienced swimmers within arm's reach of an adult.
  • Make sure older children always swim with a partner.
  • Make sure your children learn to swim. Every child is different, so enroll children in swim lessons when they are ready.
  • Use a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket in and around open water.
  • Learn water rescue skills and CPR. Learning basic rescue skills may help you save a child's life.

Consider This: Water safety should be a concern no matter where you and your family swim. While enjoying water activities this summer, let's all do our best to prevent any swim-related accidents.