There have been 78 drownings across the United States since Memorial Day. With this in mind, the American Red Cross encourages people to learn to swim and follow steps to remain safe around the water.
TAKE SWIMMING LESSONS Learning to swim is one of the best steps someone can take to be safe around water. More than two million people of all ages learn to swim each year through Red Cross programs. Contact your local pool and take the first step toward safety – learn how to swim..
Other safety tips include:
WATCH THE KIDS It’s important to constantly supervise children when they are near water. Many children who drown in home pools were out of sight for less than five minutes and in the care of one or both parents at the time.
The Red Cross and National Swimming Pool Foundation® (NSPF) have developed an online safety course for pool and hot tub owners. Home Pool Essentials helps people understand the risks of pool ownership, how to maintain a safer and cleaner pool, what safety equipment is appropriate, how to prevent pool and hot tub entrapment hazards, and how to respond to an emergency.