FLORENCE, SC (WMBF) - June is Water Safety Month.
McLeod Safe Kids Pee Dee/Coastal reminds families that swimming can be fun but dangerous. Here are some safety precautions that you should take while swimming or enjoying your summer near water:
• Put up a fence that is at least four feet high and surrounds all sides of a pool or spa. The fence should have a gate with a lock that closes and latches by itself.
• Use door, gate, and pool alarms.
• Teach children not to play or swim near pool or spa drains.
• Use approved safety drain covers and back up devices.
• Always watch children when they are in or near water.
• Do not get distracted by phone calls, text messages, reading or talking to others.
• Watch children even if they know how to swim.
• Swimming is an important skill to know, but keep in mind that knowing how to swim does not prevent drowning.
• Children who cannot swim or cannot swim well should be within your reach.
• Keep a phone near you - use it only to call for help if there is an emergency.
• If a child is missing, check the water first.
• Both adults and children should know how to swim.
• Learn when to use U.S. Coast Guard approved life jackets.
• Learn how to use rescue equipment.
• Learn CPR.
Drowning is one of the primary causes of death for children. For more information, contact McLeod Safe Kids Pee Dee/Coastal at (843)777-5021 or visit www.McLeodSafeKids.org.