Swim Safety

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Summer means thousands are flocking to area beaches to cool off, but the fun can quickly turn to tragedy, and recent reports of drownings are a somber reminder.

So how can you keep yourself and your kids safe? Elise Tuttle, Aquatics Department Head at Life Time Fitness in Orland Park (, came into our ABC7 studio with a few simple rules.

Swim by numbers:
25:10 rule: if a child cannot swim 25 meters continuously, an adult must be within 10 feet
1: Pool and water safety is everyone's responsibility
12: Children under 12 need to be supervised
15: break every 15 minutes. At the top of every other hour, reapply sunscreen, rehydrate and take potty breaks
8: If there is lightening less than 8 miles away outside pools must evacuate
3: If there is lightening less than 3 miles away indoor pools must evacuate
4: Keep strollers at least four feet from pool's edge

Additional Tips:
- Bring an unusual or brightly colored beach towel, so kids can find mom easily.
- Put children under three years old in a swim diaper. Parents need to check the diaper often.
- Safety breaks: At the top of every other hour. Reapply sunscreen, rehydrate and take potty breaks.

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