With summer arriving in full force, many people will head to the pool, lake or beach for much needed relief from the heat. Swimming is an activity that many children enjoy during the summer months, but this activity should not be all fun and games. According to Geneva Howard, executive director of the Pontotoc County American Red Cross, “Swim safety is a must.”

Howard pointed out that children need to know there limits and enrolling them in a swim safety class is the best way to ensure that they do. “Kids need to know how to act in the water,” said Howard.

Parents should keep in mind these simple rules:

Know your child’s skills and limits.

— No one should ever swim alone.

— Outfit everyone with proper gear.

— Always keep basic lifesaving equipment by the residential pool and know how to use each item.

— Pack a “safety bag” for a day at the beach or lake.

— Learn first aid and CPR from the Red Cross.

These tips can be viewed in more depth by visiting the American Red Cross web site at www.redcross.org.

Water activities are always a major part of summer vacation. Although swimming is fun and exciting for kids, Howard said parents must think about safety when they think about water and children.

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