Before you dive into the fun, it’s important to remember water safety!
At Salem Health, we want to make sure you and your family stay safe whether you’re on a river or lake. Here are our top three tips for keeping your little ones safe when you’re out on the water:
- Invest in a properly-fitting life jacket: A life jacket is the most important piece of safety equipment your child can wear while on the water. Make sure to invest in a quality life jacket that fits your child properly and is designed for their weight and age.
- Don’t skimp on sunscreen: When choosing sunscreen for your kiddos, look for one that is broad-spectrum, which means it protects against both UVA and UVB rays. Go for at least SPF 30 and remember to reapply every two hours or after swimming or sweating.
- Teach your children about water safety: Swimming in a river or lake can be very different from swimming in a pool. Currents and depths can be unpredictable. Help them understand how to stay safe, including how to swim and how to behave while on a boat.
Remember, keeping your child safe while on the water is all about being prepared and aware. With the right equipment and knowledge, you can enjoy a fun and safe day on the water. So, grab your life jackets and sunscreen and get ready to make some memories!
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