Summer swim safety tips

I Can Swim/Swim Safety

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - While Memorial Day Weekend feels like the official start of summer, it is the start of swim season!

The Cincinnati Recreation Commission (CRC) pools are starting to open up. CRC Director of Recreation, Daniel Betts, says all CRC facilities will be opening between Friday, May 27 and Monday, June 6.

According to the Centers for Disease control and prevention from 2005-2014, there were an average of 10 drowning deaths per day in the United States. And about one in five people who die from drowning are children 14 and younger. Making it important to now only know swim safety yourself, but to teach it to your kids.

The CRC has developed a list of tips to help keep you and your family safe:

  • Never leave your child unattended around water. Babies can drown in as little as one inch of water.
  • Put the cell phone away, forget about all the other things you have to do and give young children 100 percent of your attention when they are near or around water.
  • Empty all tubs, buckets, containers and wading pools immediately after use. Store them upside down and out of children’s reach.
  • Keep toilet lids closed and use toilet seat locks to prevent drowning. It’s also a good idea to keep doors to bathrooms and laundry rooms closed.
  • Air-Filled or Foam Toys are not safety devices. Don’t use air-filled or foam toys, such as "water wings", "noodles", or inner-tubes, instead of life jackets.
  • These toys are not life jackets and are not designed to keep swimmers safe.
  • Avoid Alcohol. Avoid drinking alcohol before or during swimming, boating, or water skiing. Do not drink alcohol while supervising children.

Right now, more than 200 life guards have been hired to man the CRC pools this summer. But they are still looking to hire 35 more. If you
would like to become a lifeguard or if you need to register for a lifeguard screening click here.

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