August 4, 2015

Adorable little girl with curly hair wearing a colorful swimming suit playing with water splashes at beautiful pool in a tropical resort having fun during family summer vacation

What can you do this summer to ensure that you and your family are swimming safely?

Summer is here, and we know that the summer time heat attracts swimmers from all over. Popular swim locations like local pools, rivers, lakes, and beaches become crowded with those desperate to cool down! Swimming is a fun and healthy activity and is one of the most popular hobbies during the summer months; however; swimming can be dangerous and even deadly when safety precautions are not followed.

Reports of drowning are common during the summer months. The Department of Family and Protective Services reports that 41 people have drowned in the state of Texas during the holiday months in 2015 and 400 people have drowned in the past 5 years.

By following these simple tips you can keep your family swimming safely and having fun all summer long!

  • When vacationing or planning a trip to local rivers for tubing activities, refer to the local parks and recreation guides to make sure that water levels are appropriate and safe for swimmers. Recent increases in rainfall over the past several months have caused some lakes and rivers to swell and their banks to be determined unsafe in certain areas.
  • When swimming on the beach, stay in the areas that are designated for swimming only and only swim during the allowed hours. Multiple shark attacks have been reported off several coastlines this year. You should also refer to your local parks and recreation when planning ocean side swimming..
  • Pay attention! Make sure that an adult or lifeguard is present when children are swimming. Keeping a watchful eye can ensure swimming is fun and safe!
  • Avoid alcohol use while swimming with your children. Alcohol impairment can lead to a decrease in response time.
  • Know your child’s swimming ability! Make sure the water depth is appropriate and matches the capabilities of the child. Swimming gear such as life-jackets and floating devices are always helpful and encouraged during swimming activities.

These are just a few things to help keep in mind this summer when you and your children are swimming!

For more tips on how to stay safe during the summer swimming months, visit the resource below:

https://www.dfps.state.tx.us/Watch_Kids_Around_Water/drownings.asp