Today was the first day of summer, officially! The weather was amazing, hot and humid with a mild breeze.
Our momstown mamas met at Tyndale Beach in Barrie for a morning of fun. With it being the first day of Summer and being at the beach, it was a perfect day to have Shannon from the Red Cross join us to talk about Water Safety.
Every year in Canada there are over 400 water related deaths. A large portion of those are children aged 1 - 4 years old. Scary right? Well the dangers surround the water can be greatly reduced with a little bit of knowledge, some time and care and some education.
First we learned about some basic summer safety rules. Keeping kids safe in the sun with plenty of sunscreen, hats and lots of water in the hot weather. Did you know you should be applying sunscreen in the shade only? The sun will only be attracted to the newly applied sunscreen and can cause burning! Also, keep your sunscreen out of direct sunlight, the direct sun will reduce the SPF factor!
After learning about some summer safety tips, we talked about teaching our kids to be safe around the water. With the hot summer say, the water is always a great draw in for the kids to keep cool!
We should remember to teach our kids that they shouldn't go in or near water without adult supervision. This include pools, ponds, lakes, even the little blow up pools! It only takes a couple of centimeters and seconds for a small child to drown.
When visiting a friends house with a pool, be sure to ask them what their safety rules are surrounding the pool and make sure your kids are aware.
Being in Barrie and surrounded by the gorgeous lake, this is such an important topic for our momstown mamas. As a group and in our families we spend a lot of time around the water and at the beaches. I am so glad we were learning so many great things to keep our kids safe.
The best part of the morning was learnign about life jackets and personal floatation devices. We learned how to properly size them on our children, the difference between a life jacket and a PFD and how to properly wear them.
All the kids had a blast trying on the PFD's and learning about how important they are to wear in and around the water. The moms got a great lessoon on sizing their children properly and how to be sure that they are correctly secured.
We look forward to another session of water safety fun with Shannon this summer! Stay tuned and join momstown and Red Cross as we work together to keep our families safe!