RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — May is National Water Safety Month.
While swimming is a fun way to beat the heat, it can also be dangerous.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, every day about ten people die from unintentional drowning.
It usually happens very quickly and quietly, not with flailing arms and cries for help.
“A lot of people think it is Baywatch. That you’re going to hear it necessarily, so be mindful that you have to really pay attention because most of the time it really is silent,” explains Carrie Baines, the Assistant Director of Aquatics at VCU Recreational Sports.
Baines offers these basic water safety tips.
-Always swim in areas with designated lifeguards.
-Actively supervise your kids around and in the water
It’s also crucial that you stay within arm’s reach of young children, no matter how well they can swim.
Adds Baines, “Because sometimes we do have children that get tired really quickly in the water and its really important that the child understands how to turn around and grab the wall, how to float on their back and do those basic safety skills in order to swim in the facility.”
Adults need to take care as well.
Bines suggests always swimming with a buddy… just in case of an emergency.
The Red Cross offers a free mobile app that puts all of this information and more at your fingertips.
It gives proactive advice on keeping your family safe in the water as well as advice on what to do in the event of an emergency.
You can find it in your phone’s app store under Red Cross Swim.