The Fourth of July is great fun for kids and adults alike. Whether you’re swimming in a pool or at the lake, here are Fourth of July Safety Tips to keep everyone safe in and around the water. The Fourth of July weekend is upon us, and many of you will head outside to the swimming pool, the lake or waterpark. Borrowing tips from the American Red Cross, and throwing in a few of our own, here are tips for safe-swimming.

Safe Swimming Tips

1. Swim in designated areas supervised by lifeguards. If lifeguards aren’t available, designate an adult to be a water watcher. Adults can take turns throughout the day and evening.

2. Always swim with a buddy. Do not allow anyone to swim alone.

3. Have young children or inexperienced swimmers wear U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets around water, but do not rely on life jackets alone.

4. Provide close and constant attention to children and inexperienced swimmers you are supervising in or near the water. Avoid distractions while supervising.

5. Wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a protection factor of at least 15. Reapply often.

6. Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water regularly, even if not thirsty. Avoid drinks with alcohol or caffeine.

7. For a backyard pool, have appropriate equipment, such as reaching or throwing equipment, a cell phone, life jackets and a first aid kit.

8. Secure the backyard pool with appropriate barriers including four-sided fencing.

9. Know how and when to call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number.

10. 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. If a child is missing, check the water first.

Remember that one of the best ways to stay safe in and around the water is to learn how to swim. If you or your children don’t know how, consider signing up for lessons in the Tulsa area!