POPLAR BLUFF, MO (KFVS) - Temperatures are rising and people are making their way to pools, water parks and natural bodies of water.
Officials at Hydro Adventures water park are preparing for opening day.
General Manager Barrett Byers announced the launch of the Safe Swimmer Promise in conjunction with May’s National Water Safety Month.
“Hydro Adventures encourages safe swimming practices for guests of all ages,” explains Byers. “We’ve developed a few simple rules for children to follow with the Safe Swimmers Promise, a certificate that they can sign and take home from Hydro Adventures during National Water Safety Month.”
Here are a few tips on safe swimming from Byers.
1. Maintain Equipment: Decking, siding, fencing, stairs, ladders, and other equipment surrounding pools should be free of damage or fixed promptly to prevent accidents.
2. Learn to Swim: Parents should sign themselves and their children up for swim lessons if they do not know how to swim.
3. Never Swim Alone: Each person should always bring at least one other skilled swimmer with them to swim. A good precaution is to teach children to ask for permission before going near the water.
4. Don’t Swim Near Drains: Parents should warn children of the danger of swimming near drains, as well as suction fittings and filters. Drain covers should be VGB Act compliant and checked frequently for damage. All drains at Hydro Adventures are VGB Act compliant and are checked during routine maintenance.
5. Wear a Life Vest: Inexperienced swimmers should always wear a life vest, but never rely on the vest if they do not know how to swim.
6. Learn CPR: It is important for someone around to know how to administer CPR correctly.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention drowning is the leading cause injury of death for children ages one to four and the second-leading cause of accidental death in children ages one to 14.