As the weather continues to heat up, we all must be reminded of the potential dangers of pools, water, and swimming and how to keep children safe as they enjoy these fun recreational activities. Swimming is one of the best ways to keep cool during the summer especially here in beautifully hot and sunny Texas. Remember to supervise children as they play in the water, never leave them alone in a pool or other body of water, and be vigilant. Also keep in mind that it is more than just pools and other swimming locations which can pose a risk to children; bathtubs, open septic tanks, even a large bucket can be dangerous. A child can drown in only a few inches of water in just a few short minutes. In addition, older children can be just as at risk as younger. Last year, 75 children drowned in Texas alone, eleven of them over the age of twelve. Read on for tips from the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services to help make 2016 safer for children everywhere.
Standard 749.3137 states: if four or more children are engaged in swimming activities, then there must be at least two adults to supervise the children.
Standard 749.3147 states: a hot tub must be covered with a locking cover when not in use.
Standard 749.3141 states: a child must wear a life jacket during all boating activities, the child is in more than two feet of water and does not know how to swim, and/or if it is ordered by a physician.
Standard 749.3135 states: if children are allowed to swim in a body of water such as a river, creek, pond, or lake, the supervising adult must clearly designate swimming areas.
Click below for access to the DFPS Minimum Standards where you can find the complete rules and regulations regarding children and swimming:
You may also click below for access to the DFPS website Watch Kids Around Water where you will find more helpful safety tips and Lifeguard 101:
Swimming is a fun, healthy recreational activity. We encourage allowing children in your care to play in the water and enjoy their summer as much as possible. Talk with your kids about water safety and what plans you have in place in the event of an accident or emergency, and as long as you keep these tips in mind and stay vigilant, all of our children can stay happy and safe.