Tips on Water Safety

Posted on June 8, 2011


There is no better way to cool down on a hot day than by going swimming. With the temperatures reaching 90 degrees, pools, lakes, and beaches will soon be crowded. Water activities are an exciting and refreshing way to spend a summer day. However, there are also dangers associated with swimming in water. The Mayor’s Health Line wants to make sure you avoid water-related injuries by staying safe this summer. Here are some helpful tips to follow when going out to the water:

  • Always make sure there is supervision: You should never swim in an area where there is no lifeguard, they are trained to know what to do in case of an emergency. Children should never be left unattended; there should also always be an adult there to supervise.
  •  Taking Swimming Classes:  Everyone in the family should know how to swim, it is an important skill to have if you plan on spending your summer by the water. If your child is young, you should invest in a flotation device such as a life jacket. To find swimming classes in the Boston area call the Mayor’s Health Line at 617-534-5050.
  • Learn CPR: There are some places, like pools, where a lifeguard may not be available. In these cases you should be prepared. Taking a CPR class will help you learn what to do in case of an emergency. If you want to find a CPR class in your area call the Mayor’s Health Line at 617-534-5050.
  • Teach Children These Basic Lessons:
    • Always ask permission before going into the water
    • Never go in the water without a buddy
    • Don’t  run or push around the pool and never dive in areas that are not marked for diving
    • Contact a lifeguard or adult if there is an emergency

The Mayor’s Health Line wants you to have a fun and safe summer. Click here for some more resources about water safety. If you would like to find water safety related classes in your community, or if you would like us to send you free resources call us at 617-534-5050.