Tips for Keeping Your Kids Safe in Minnesota Lakes This Summer
These tips aren't just for lakes, they are the same for any body of water! Drownings and accidents can happen at any time, but most are preventable with good supervision and proper teaching. Here are a few things to keep in mind this summer when you are at the lake or pool.
- Open water is the most dangerous place to swim - I.E. lakes and rivers. 43% of drownings happen in open water. Be sure if you are swimming in lakes it is at a place designated for it with lifeguard or parent supervision.
- Teenagers need supervision too. - Almost half of drownings are kids aged 15-19. They are more likely to engage in risky behavior.
- Boys are more likely to get into trouble in the water. - 80% of open water fatalities involve boys. That's not to say girls can't get in trouble as well. Make sure that they are aware of what risky behavior is when it comes to the water front.
- Things to look out for when swimming at a new location are drop off points in the water, currents (especially in rivers), jagged rocks, or weeds that arms or legs could be tangled in.
Bonus tip: Don't forget the sunscreen!