If the lifejacket doesn’t say “US Coast Guard Approved” or “USCG approved,” you can assume it’s not safe. Always check the label. #lifeguardyourchild
Won’t you help us spread the Lifeguard Your Child message?
We’ve put together the below social media kit for easy sharing among your friends and family. It takes a village and together, we can help prevent another child from drowning.
Please feel free to use our messaging or create your own. To use our messaging, all you have to do is copy the messages we’ve provided below and insert the appropriate photo into whichever social media site you prefer to use. We do ask that you keep #LifeguardYourChild in the message.
Water safety messages to share with families:
Water safety messages to share with kids:
Water safety messages to share on social media:
The single most important thing when it comes to open water safety is a life vest. #lifeguardyourchild
Drownings can happen in less than two minutes AND with many people around. #lifeguardyourchild
Ensure constant, in-reach supervision anytime your child is around water. No distractions. #lifeguardyourchild
When it comes to drowning, seconds count. #lifeguardyourchild
If a life jacket doesn’t say “US Coast Guard Approved” or “USCG approved” on the label, you can assume it’s NOT safe. #lifeguardyourchild
Drownings are eight times more likely to happen to children that do not know how to swim or are being supervised by adults that do not know how to swim. #lifeguardyourchild
Swimming lessons are just one layer of protection and do not guarantee safety. Always designate a Water Watcher around water. #lifeguardyourchild
Bath time safety messages to share:
Bath toys like foam letters, animals that shoot water and waterproof books are a great way to make bathtub more fun and teach your child new things at the same time! #lifeguardyourchild
Bath time is not the time to wash dishes, fold laundry or even take a phone call. If you do have to leave during bath time, wrap your child in a towel and take them with you. #lifeguardyourchild
Keep a towel and bath supplies close at hand so you don’t have to leave once your child is in the bathtub. #lifeguardyourchild
Drowning is fast and silent and only takes enough water to cover a child’s nose and mouth. #lifeguardyourchild
Safety devices like faucet covers can keep your child safe from drowning when you’re not around. #lifeguardyourchild
Open water safety messages to share:
Whether it’s on your boat and/or lake house or a friends, make sure there is a safety plan in place before your child gets anywhere near the water. #lifeguardyourchild
Most fatal drownings in natural water are non-boating related. While it’s important to wear a life vest in the boat, wearing one in and around the water is even more important. #lifeguardyourchild
From clear to murky and calm to rough, it’s important to know the condition of the water before getting in. #lifeguardyourchild
Open water drowning rates triple for teens when they turn 15, as they are more likely to take risks. #lifeguardyourchild
Pool safety messages to share:
Drowning is silent and can happen in less than two minutes. #lifeguardyourchild
Cleaning up after pool time can be chaotic. Take your child’s life vest off once you’ve reached the car. #lifeguardyourchild
No phone, grilling, reading, sleeping or being distracted by friends. Eyes should only be on the water. #lifeguardyourchild
Children are curious and can often slip out of sight without a parent or guardian knowing. The more barriers you have in place, such as door and pool latches, the safer your child. #lifeguardyourchild
Commonly used floaties are not a lifesaving device. Use a U.S. Coast Guard approved life vest instead. #lifeguardyourchild
When watching children in the water, the only reason you need your phone is if you have to call 911. #lifeguardyourchild
The power of the suction on older pool drains can be very dangerous, causing a child to get pinned to the bottom of the pool. #lifeguardyourchild
Toys in the pool can be tempting to fearless toddlers. When you’re done swimming, make sure the pool area is clear of these potential hazards. #lifeguardyourchild
Get involved and help us save lives
Want to know how you can get involved or create an awareness campaign in your community? Contact Dana Walraven, Safe Kids Tarrant County coordinator.
Interested in sharing prevention resources in your community?
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