CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – With the weather warming up and refreshing dips in the pool, ocean or lakes seem more inviting, it’s important to make sure you know the risks of being in or around the water.
May is National Water Safety Month. What began as a week in 2003 has grown into a month-long event aimed at promoting water safety measures.
Consider these water safety tips from the “Simple Steps Save Lives” Program:
- Never leave a child unattended in a pool or spa and always watch your child when he or she is in or near water.
- Teach children basic water safety tips.
- Keep children away from pool drains, pipes and other openings to avoid entrapments.
- Have a telephone close by when you or your family is using a pool or spa.
- Install a four-foot or taller fence around the pool and spa and use self-closing and self-latching gates; ask your neighbors to do the same at their pools.
“National Water Safety Month is a powerful way to send a crucial message at the start of the busy summer swim season,” said Connie Harvey, Director of the Aquatics Centennial Initiative for the American Red Cross. “Ensuring everyone in the family learns how to swim and that parents and caregivers have the knowledge and skills to handle emergencies around the water, including how to perform CPR is a good place to start.”
Do you or your children know how to swim? If not, you can take advantage of a number of swim lesson programs across the Lowcountry.
The new YMCA in Cane Bay is offering free lessons for people of all ages. [Click here to learn more]
Charleston County Parks also offers swim lessons in Charleston, North Charleston, and in Mount Pleasant. [Click here to learn more]
Adults, toddlers, and kids can also enroll in the Kids First Swim School in Mount Pleasant. [Click here to learn more]
Charleston Swim Lessons offers lessons for children 3 months to adults, as well as aquatic therapy and military test preparations. [Click here to learn more]