State officials released the following guidelines aimed at keeping children safe this summer.
Never leave children alone when near or accessible to water, and teach children to ask permission before going near a body of water.
Never leave a child’s safety around water in the hands of another child. Water safety requires vigilant, adult supervision.
Ensure the entire family has been properly taught to swim well via a certified water-safety program. Many city parks departments offer these programs.
Swim in areas with designated lifeguards on duty.
Always swim with a buddy.
Have children wear a U.S. Coast Guard approved life-jacket, particularly for children with poor swimming skills, and have a life-preserver on hand.
DNR strongly recommends that all family members wear a life-jacket while boating on Indiana lakes and waterways.
Teach children never to dive into oceans, lakes or rivers because they do not know what dangerous structures can lurk under the water’s surface.