Nichole Hannahs

Jumping into Swim Safety

by Nichole Hannahs on May 23, 2011 at 6:46 am

This weekend many pools around the area will open their doors for the summer season.

According to the Red Cross nearly 90% of families with young children will be in the water at some point this summer, which is why it’s important to make sure your child is water ready with swim lessons.

"Kids are curious and don’t have a fear of water," explained the Muskingum Valley Red Cross’ Julie Davis. "That’s why we have to have these lesson so they can respect the water and understand that it’s not safe to jump in."

If you have a pool in your backyard remember it must have proper barriers. Davis encourages installing alarms as a precaution.

"You should have an alarm on the door that leads out ot the pool so you’ll know if someone’s gone out," said Davis.

There are also alarms that can be installed to notify you someone is in the water and Davis said those looking to beat the heat should swim where there is a lifeguard. She said rivers can be dangerous due to unknown depths of water, under currents and other hidden dangers.