Summer Safety: Be Red Cross Ready

Watch children in and around pools. It might save their lives.

Since summer is here and in light of several deaths from drowning in the Philadelphia area in recent weeks, the American Red Cross of Southeastern Pennsylvania is offering up some very important water safety reminders. After all, it only takes a moment for tragedy to strike.

PRACTICE WATER SAFETY

  • Swim in designated areas supervised by lifeguards.
  • Always swim with a buddy; do not allow anyone to swim alone.
  • Ensure that everyone in the family learns to swim well. Enroll in age-appropriate Red Cross water orientation and Learn-to-Swim courses.
  • Never leave a young child unattended near water and do not trust a child’s life to another child; teach children to always ask permission to go near water.
  • Have young children or inexperienced swimmers wear U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets around water, but do not rely on life jackets alone.
  • DOWNLOAD A PRINTABLE SHEET ON HOME POOL SAFETY.

    MAINTAIN CONSTANT SUPERVISION

  • If you have a pool, secure it with appropriate barriers—many children who drown in home pools were out of sight for less than 5 minutes and in the care of one or both parents at the time.
  • Actively supervise children whenever around water—even if lifeguards are present. Always stay within arm’s reach of young children.
  • Avoid distractions when supervising children around water.
  • DOWNLOAD A PRINTABLE SHEET ON WATER SAFETY

    Watching children in and around pools. It only takes a moment.

    Another report from NBC 10 highlighting the importance of vigilence when it comes to water safety.

    View more videos at NBC.com.

    KNOW HOW TO RESPOND TO AN AQUATIC EMERGENCY

  • If a child is missing, check the water first. Seconds count in preventing death or disability.
  • Know how and when to call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number.
  • Enroll in Red Cross water safety, first aid and CPR courses to learn how to respond.
  • Have appropriate equipment, such as reaching or throwing equipment, a cell phone, life jackets and a first aid kit.
  • Sign up for life saving courses on CPR and First Aid.

    Sign your whole family up for Swimming Lessons.

    Read more on water safety.

    Contact: Dave Schrader (215) 299-4042 or after hours (215) 299-4889, Dave.Schrader@redcross.org