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Summer Water Safety

Summer Water Safety Tips

From the BCIU

Splashing around in the water at a pool, the beach, the lake, or a river is a highlight of summertime for many young children. The Berks County Intermediate Unit wants to help you ensure that your time in the water this summer is fun and safe. That’s why our team of school psychologists from the BCIU’s Early Intervention Program has put together a list of Summer Water Safety Tips.

Myths

  • "It's only a few inches of water."

Facts

  • Children can drown in as little as one minute in just a few inches of water.
  • "I'd hear if my child was drowning."
  • Drowning is usually silent, without splashing.
  • "I'll check on my child every few minutes."
  • 70% of preschoolers who have drowned were in the care of both parents at the time.
  • "My child knows how to swim."
  • Children who are strong swimmers can still drown.

Myths

  • "It's only a few inches of water."
  • "I'd hear if my child was drowning."
  • "I'll check on my child every few minutes."
  • "My child knows how to swim."

Facts

  • Children can drown in as little as one minute in just a few inches of water.
  • Drowning is usually silent, without splashing.
  • 70% of preschoolers who have drowned were in the care of one or both of their parents at the time.
  • Children who are strong swimmers can still drown.

Recommendations

For Safe Water Fun
  • Close, constant, and attentive supervision is the most effective way to prevent drowning.
  • Never allow your child access to water alone.
  • Touch supervision is recommended for children under 5; remain within arm's reach to pull your child out, if necessary.
  • Actively watch children swimming or playing near water, even if a lifeguard is present.
  • Swimming lessons are valuable but do not "drown proof" your child.
  • Empty inflatable backyard pools after each use.
  • Install barriers to prevent potential water access.
  • Only use water wings or flotation devices approved by the US Coast Guard.
  • If sending your child to camp, review their emergency action plan.
  • If for any reason you cannot find your child, check the water first!

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Spanish Version

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