Making sure your family is safe for swim time this summer

(WMAR) - Memorial Day weekend is when the fun begins.  Many pools are opening up and the kids are anxious to hit the water.  But, before you let them go for a splash make sure they're equipped with the most basic tool, swim lessons. 

"A lot of times accidents happen a lot of kids drown because of being afraid and not having water safety lessons at all." 

While Mia Redrick, the Mom Strategist says swim lessons aren't a shoe-in for survival it's a start.  Next on the list for safety, is supervision. 

"Make sure when your kids are going to the pool they go with someone that is 16 years old or older, and that's responsible for them And the key word is responsible, not just someone that is there." 

Redrick says it's also important to make sure the lifeguards are on their A game keeping an eye out for your kids, and not playing around.  If they are, talk to the manager. 

Children should always let an adult know if they're going into the water.  Especially a backyard pool or a neighbor’s house. Someone should always keep a watchful eye.   

"A lot of pool accidents happen because kids just haphazardly wander into the pool and the other thing you can do is make sure you have a safety gate that has a child safety lock." 

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