Three Tips on Keeping Your Child Safe by the Water
Here in Southern California, we have the privilege to escape the summer heat by heading out to the beach, lake, or any large body of water. While these activities are fun, it’s important to note that fun is only maximized when safety is involved! So, here are the top three tips for water safety.
Be vigilant! Kids need constant supervision around water; Even for kids who know how to swim or if life guards are present, there must be supervision.
Life jackets must be U.S. Coast Guard approved and should be considered for young beach-goers, but not relied upon.
Teach your child to recognize riptides and how to get out of them.
Sunscreen needs to be reapplied often, especially when playing in the water and sand, which can rub sunscreen off. Protective clothing including rash guards, hats and sunglasses are also helpful.
Make sure your child is enough drinking water to prevent dehydration especially when kids are active and sweating on hot, sunny days.
Brought to you by the specialists at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles with the Kohl's Safety and Injury Prevention Program to ensure that you and your family have an enjoyable and safe summer.