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• Always have an adult present when children are swimming. • Don’t fool around in the pool. That means don’t push or jump on people. • Don’t run in the pool area. • Never dive into the shallow end of a pool. • Don’t chew gum or eat while swimming, since you could choke.

Protect Your Family by Attorney G. Alan Tripp, Jr.

Protect Your Family at the Pool and Beach This Summer School will soon be out for the summertime, and the kids can hardly wait! Children and their families will be enjoying fun in the sun at the pool and beach. Swimming in a pool and or at the beach can be a real treat on a hot summer day. While swimming is a lot of fun, drowning is a real danger.

Drowning is the second most common cause of death from injuries among kids under the age of fourteen. Drowning can happen so fast—sometimes in as little at two minutes after a person’s head goes under the water. Many drowning incidents occur when a child accidentally falls into a swimming pool. Accidents can happen anywhere—in a friend’s pool or in your own backyard—and that’s why you should teach your children how to be safe around water.

• Never swim alone. Use the buddy system.

By taking the time to remind and teach your children about water safety, you will not only protect your family but also enjoy a safe and fun summer together! DISCLAIMER - Nothing in this informational public service article should be construed as giving legal advice and should not be acted upon without first consulting an attorney. Also, this article should not be construed as creating an attorney-client relationship.


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• Never swim alone. Use the buddy system. • Always swim where a lifeguard can see you and in areas that are marked for swimmers to use. • Don’t swim out too far. • Don’t swim close to piers (those big, wooden structures that jut out into the water). If the water moves suddenly, you could hit a piling or a rock. • Use protective footwear if surfaces are rough or rocky. • Never pretend to be drowning. (The lifeguard may take you seriously.) • Face the waves, instead of turning your back on them. That way you will know what’s coming and not get knocked down by a big wave. • Watch out for sting rays in the shallow sandy waters in the Gulf of Mexico. (Do the shuffle.) • Always listen for and obey the lifeguard and his or her whistle.



Parents, please consider the following pool safety rules and teach them to your children:

Parents, please consider these beach safety rules and teach them to your children:




Swimming Pools - Pools are awesome fun; however, children should be reminded that the pool’s sides and bottom are usually made of concrete, a rock-hard material. A slip or fall could be painful and dangerous. Most pools have a shallow end and a deep end. Most public pools have depth markers to tell swimmers how deep the water is at that point. You should always teach children to look before jumping into a pool and to dive only off a diving board if present. Children must be reminded never to dive off the side of the pool.

Beaches - Going to the beach as a family is a summer tradition for many in our area; therefore, parents should know and teach their children the safety rules when swimming in the Gulf of Mexico or the Atlantic Ocean. When your family arrives at the beach, check with the lifeguard to find out how strong the waves are, or look for the flags or notes at the lifeguard station chalkboard to get an idea of what water and wave conditions are like. In some places swimmers may encounter strong undertows or ocean currents. Rip currents (also called riptides) are so strong that they can carry swimmers away from shore before they know what’s happening. If rip currents are present, it is best not to swim and just enjoy your day at the beach wading

in the shallow water and building a sand castle or two.

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Gulf Coast Family - April 2015  

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