Swimming safety

Tips for keeping the little ones out of harm’s way

Swimming is one of the most refreshing summer activities. But playing in the water can also be dangerous, especially for children. And contrary to what one might expect, drowning victims often slip under water quietly. Valley Oak Children’s Services reminds parents and guardians how important it is to give little ones undivided attention around bodies of water. The organization offers low-cost ($5) swim vests (call 895-3572 for info). Here are other tips to keep kids safe:

• Learn infant and child CPR.

• Enroll kids in swimming lessons as early as 4 years old.

• Remove toys, which attract kids, from the pool when it’s not in use.

• When a child is missing, check the pool or other bodies of water first.