It’s Water Safety Week!
June 19th – 23rd
It’s the final day of Water Safety Week! Welcome back! 🙂
During this past week’s blog series, there was one word within each blog that was in bold. If you have collected all five words, please email those to [email protected] with the subject line: “Water Safety Week” for a chance to win 4 Day-Passes to Epic Waters Indoor Waterpark!
Epic Waters Indoor Waterpark will utilize American Red Cross’ training, certification, and continuing education for lifeguards and lifeguard staff managers who will be responsible for guest safety related to the park’s multiple water slides, attractions, and pools.
At the conclusion of Water Safety Week, we decided that it would be great to summarize this week’s tips and tricks for staying safe in and around the water with general water safety information from American Red Cross (redcross.org):
Take Steps to Stay Safe Around Water
Swimming is the most popular summer activity. The best thing you can do to help your family stay safe is to enroll in age-appropriate swim lessons. Contact the Training Support Center at 1-800-RED-CROSS or [email protected]
Make Water Safety Your Priority
- Swim in designated areas supervised by lifeguards.
- Always swim with a buddy; do not allow anyone to swim alone. Even at a public pool or a lifeguarded beach, use the buddy system!
- Ensure that everyone in the family learns to swim well. Enroll in age-appropriate Red Cross water orientation and Learn-to-Swim courses.
- Never leave a young child unattended near water and do not trust a child’s life to another child; teach children to always ask permission to go near water.
- Have young children or inexperienced swimmers wear U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets around water, but do not rely on life jackets alone.
- Establish rules for your family and enforce them without fail. For example, set limits based on each person’s ability, do not let anyone play around drains and suction fittings, and do not allow swimmers to hyperventilate before swimming under water or have breath-holding contests.
- Even if you do not plan on swimming, be cautious around natural bodies of waterincluding ocean shoreline, rivers and lakes. Cold temperatures, currents and underwater hazards can make a fall into these bodies of water dangerous.
- If you go boating, wear a life jacket! Most boating fatalities occur from drowning.
- Avoid alcohol use. Alcohol impairs judgment, balance and coordination; affects swimming and diving skills; and reduces the body’s ability to stay warm.
Prevent Unsupervised Access to the Water
- Install and use barriers around your home pool or hot tub. Safety covers and pool alarms should be added as additional layers of protection.
- Ensure that pool barriers enclose the entire pool area, are at least 4-feet high with gates that are self-closing, self-latching and open outward, and away from the pool. The latch should be high enough to be out of a small child’s reach.
- If you have an above-ground or inflatable pool, remove access ladders and secure the safety cover whenever the pool is not in use.
- Remove any structures that provide access to the pool, such as outdoor furniture, climbable trees, decorative walls and playground equipment.
- Keep toys that are not in use away from the pool and out of sight. Toys can attract young children to the pool.
Maintain Constant Supervision
- Actively supervise kids whenever around the water—even if lifeguards are present. Do not just drop your kids off at the public pool or leave them at the beach—designate a responsible adult to supervise.
- Always stay within arm’s reach of young children and avoid distractions when supervising children around water.
We are more than excited about opening our doors to the public in November, and we can’t wait to welcome our guests and provide fun and memorable experiences for you and your family. This project has been in the works for quite some time, and once Epic Waters Indoor Waterpark, The Epic, PlayGrand Adventures, and the GrandLawn are completed, Grand Prairie will be THE recreation and leisure destination for DFW and beyond.
See you next time!