With summer right around the corner and pools opening up, now is the perfect time to plan for water safety.
The Boardman Davis YMCA aquatics director Chris Hughes said the number one safety tip is supervision. Kids, especially under the age of 10, should always be observed by someone over the age of 16.
Adults and teens also are advised to take CPR classes if they’ll be supervising kids around water. Having a plan of action and knowing where the closest phone and first aid kit are also is helpful.
Hughes also advocates that anyone who can’t swim should take lessons.
“It’s a life skill and even though people may not intend to go swimming at certain times, it’s those times when they might accidentally fall in the water that they know how to swim and might be able to save themselves,” Hughes said.
Hughes said 3,500 people in the U.S. drown every year.