Water Safety Tips for Families

By Brad Greer, CEO of DrySee

Summer is here, and families are getting ready to go on summer vacations. Many will be hitting the water. Whether that’s by boating, swimming in a community pool, or spending quality time at a beach or lake. It’s important, however, to remember that summer safety is more than just re-applying sunscreen and staying hydrated. The CDC estimates that vibriosis (which can be contracted by swimming) causes 80,000 illnesses each year in the U.S. Here are a few tips on how to keep your family safe in the water this summer from bacteria and other dangers:

Always use the buddy system

For kids, it’s important that they constantly have someone with them while they swim, and to keep an eye on them. Initiate the buddy system in your family and ensure an adult is with kids at all times. For water that has a strong current, it’s still easy for even an adult to get swept away quickly, making it important for parents to stay with kids and help them if they are drifting out too far. Even if a lifeguard is present and your kids have attended swimming classes, parents should always be supervising closely, and ensuring there is nothing distracting them.

Don’t be afraid to gear up

Even the best swimmers can have a difficult time swimming outside of the pool. Don’t be afraid to have kids and adults wear life jackets while in and around the water, especially if you’re on a boat where things can get crazy. Make sure you have United States Coast Guard-approved life jackets, as well as inflatables like water wings that can help support children.

Cover up wounds, scratches, scrapes, and cuts

Check your family’s bodies and your own for any cuts, scrapes, blisters, or other damage to skin. Even if it’s small, it’s important to cover those with a waterproof bandage. Dangerous bacterial infections can enter even through the smallest scrape or cut. DrySee waterproof bandages have a color-changing gauze that alerts you if the seal of the bandage is compromised so you can clean the wound and apply a new bandage, helping to limit exposure risks and making it easy to know if you’re protected without having to guess.

Brush up on CPR skills

That required course you took in high school over a decade or 2 ago likely isn’t going to help you much in the event of an emergency. Parents and even kids 12+ should take a CPR class and become certified before the summer swimming season. Knowing these important skills, especially having familiarity with the steps and how to help save a life, could mean the difference between panic setting in, or staying calm, cool, and collected. You can easily find CPR Training with the American Red Cross or other organizations in your area to gain these lifesaving skills.

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