Pool Safety

by Christa Smith

With school out and summer vacation here many kids are hanging out at the pool.  When swimming though, you have to take caution and never push the limit.  Lifeguards at Live Well in Lufkin say that the best thing a parent can do is watch their child while they swim or swim with them.  It's good to set boundaries also, to make sure your child knows what depth of water they can handle.  One parent told us that swim lessons are the way he and his wife prepare their children for the pool.  He says it helps the kids feel more confident in the water.  If a child does feel like they could be drowning, lifeguards warn them not to panic.  The child should remain calm and yell for help.  Swimming is one of the main activities kids do in the summer so just remember to use caution and keep an eye on them.