Labor Day weekend is a time to relax and enjoy the outdoors with family and friends. It’s always a good idea to practice water safety, and prepare for any emergency situation. Here’s a great article with several tips and helpful hints to start your Labor Day off right, and safe!
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Basic Water Safety Tips
Inside the house
Never leave small children alone near any container of water.
• Keep bathroom doors closed and secure toilet lids with lid locks.
• Never leave a baby alone in a bath for any reason. Get the things you need before running water, and take the child with you if you must leave the room.
• Warn babysitters or caregivers about the dangers of water and stress the need to constantly supervise young children.
• Make sure small children cannot leave the house through pet doors or unlocked doors and reach pools or hot tubs.
Outside the house
Never leave children alone around water whether it is in a pool, wading pool, drainage ditch, creek, pond, or lake.
• Constantly watch children who are swimming or playing in water. They need an adult or certified lifeguard watching and within reach.
• Secure access to swimming pools with fences, self-closing and latching gates, and water surface alarms.
• Completely remove the pool cover when the pool is in use.
• Store water toys away from the water, when not in use, so they don’t attract a small child.
• Don’t assume young children will use good judgment around water.
• Be ready for emergencies. Keep emergency telephone numbers handy and learn CPR.
• Find out if your child’s friends or neighbors have pools.