With the hot weather, nothing is more satisfying than playing in the water with your kids, but it’s important to keep safety in mind.

Playing in the water on a hot, sunny day is one of the best things you can do to cool off, keep your kids entertained, get some energy out and pass the time. Unfortunately, playing in the water can also be incredibly dangerous, especially for young kids. In fact, drowning is the number one cause of preventable deaths in children between the ages of one and four. Our child care experts in Monroe are dedicated to keeping your kids safe this summer, and that’s why we’ve come up with this list of water safety tips:

#1. Never leave your child unattended.

If your child is in the water, there needs to be an adult there to watch them at all times. Even if you need to use the bathroom or make a phone call, either get your child out of the water until you return, or enlist the help of another adult to watch them.

#2. Put your phone away.

The last thing that any parent needs is to be distracted by their phone while watching their child swim or play in the water. It only takes 25 seconds for a young child to drown, even in a kiddie pool or the shallow end, so it’s important to always be vigilant.

#3. Don’t put too much stock in inflatable pool toys.

Many parents think that, because something is inflatable, it will keep their child safe. Inflatable pool toys should only be used when you are in the water with your child, as they can easily flip and trap your child underneath.

Learn more water safety tips when you stay tuned for our next blog.