March is American Red Cross Month, so familiarize yourself and your family with your local Red Cross. Visit www.redcross.org to find out what swimming classes are offered and what safety precautions you can follow to make the backyard area safe and fun. According to the Red Cross, follow these tips to ensure a fabulous swimming experience with the family.
° Secure the pool with appropriate barriers.
° Keep children under active supervision at all times.
° Ensure everyone in the home knows how to swim well by enrolling him or her in age-appropriate learn-to-swim classes.
° Keep the pool and hot tub water clean and clear.
° Establish and enforce rules and safe behaviors.
° Ensure everyone in the home knows how to respond to aquatic emergencies by having proper safety equipment and taking water safety, first aid and CPR courses.