Safety tips for the beach and pool

Safety tips for the beach and pool

Parents and childminders should be vigilant and aware of water hazards around the home. If a child can open a tap by himself, any large container can become a hazard…

Safety-tips-for-the-beach-and-pool-areaThese safety tips for the beach and pool will protect you and the kids.

AT THE BEACH REMEMBER THE FLAGS

  • F – Find the flags and swim between them: red and yellow flags/beacons mark the safest place to swim at the beach.
  • L – Look at the safety signs: they help to identify potential dangers and daily conditions at the beach.
  • A – Ask a lifeguard for advice: surf conditions can change quickly so talk to a lifeguard before entering the water.
  • G – Get a friend to swim with you: you’ll be able to look out for each other’s safety and get help if needed. Children should always be supervised by a responsible adult who is in the water with them.
  • S – Stick your hand up for help. If you get into trouble in the water, stay calm and raise your arm.

6 SENSIBLE BEACH RULES

  1. NEVER swim at beaches that aren’t patrolled.
  2. NEVER swim at night.
  3. NEVER swim under the influence of alcohol.
  4. NEVER run and dive into the water.
  5. NEVER swim directly after a meal.
  6. NEVER eat while swimming.

AT PUBLIC POOLS

  • Obey signs giving advice to swimmers and listen to the pool guards.
  • Stay away from the deep end, unless you or your child/children are competent swimmers.
  • Teach kids to make sure the water is clear of swimmers before jumping in and not to run around the pool edge.
  • Be aware of the depth markings on the side of the pool.
  • Remember that a well-kept pool with clean water can be just as dangerous as a dirty pool or dam.
  • The sloping bottom of the pool and the magnification effects of water can be deceiving.

WHAT TO DO IF YOU ARE CAUGHT IN A RIP CURRENT

  1. Try not to panic.
  2. Raise your arm vertically and signal the beach.
  3. Turn over and float on your back.
  4. If you are able to swim, swim with the current, angling across to the edge of the rip. Do not attempt to swim against the rip.
  5. If you start getting tired, DO NOT panic. Roll onto your back and rest.

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