Can you believe it? School’s almost out which means BBQs, sweet tea, and pool parties are right around the corner! Before jumping in, be sure to review these safety tips with your entire family. Never leave children unattended According to the CDC, 20% of drowning deaths are children under 14. When going to the pool, use the buddy system Keep pool area locked and secure when not in use Swim only in supervised areas of the pool Keep rescue equipment nearby Enroll children in swim lessons According to State Farm, the risk of drowning is decreased by as much as 88% when children aged 1-4 years take swimming lessons Enforce water safety: no running, pushing, or dunking Take all toys out of the pool so young children are not tempted to go into the pool to get them Know how to perform CPR and have a first aid kit on hand Learning CPR can mean the difference between life and death. Check with the Red Cross about registering for a CPR class in your area Only scream for help while you’re in the water if you are truly in danger Following these simple safety tips will ensure that you and your family are safe in and around the water this summer.