FREEHOLD, NJ - Swimming at a local or backyard pool, or at one of the beautiful beaches in Monmouth County is an important part of fun and enjoyment during the summertime. If the proper precautions are not taken, swimming can also be a danger, especially to our children. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention drowning is the leading cause of injury related death for children ages 1 through 4.
“The Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office is committed to ensuring safety throughout the summer season,” said Sheriff Shaun Golden. “That’s why we are urging parents and guardians to review the following safety tips in an effort to make this summer enjoyable and most importantly, safe.”
HELPFUL SWIMMING SAFETY TIPS
- Teach your children how to dial 9-1-1 in case of emergencies. Children should be prepared to give their full name and explain what happened.
- Never leave children unattended. Always provide adult supervision for your children in or around a body of water, including swimming pools, lakes and beaches. Children can drown in as little as two inches of water.
- Teach children to always swim with a partner
- Air filled flotation devices do not replace adult supervision for children in the water. Flotation devices can give parents and children a false sense of security.
- Learn CPR at a certified program in your area.
- Always check the water depth before allowing children to enter the water.
- Learn to swim. Enroll yourself and or your children (age appropriate) in swimming classes.
SHERIFF’S OFFICE ISSUES SWIMMING SAFETY TIPS FOR SUMMER
- Always remember if you are caught in a rip current, swim parallel to the shore. Once you are out of the current swim toward the shore.
- Always watch for dangerous waves and signs of rip current water that is discolored, unusually choppy, foamy or filled with debris.
- Always remember that currents are often unpredictable –they can move rapidly and quickly change direction. A strong water current can carry expert swimmers far from shore.
The Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office wishes everyone a safe and enjoyable summer.