The City of San Marcos is dedicated to promoting water safety in all bodies of water. Read on for tips on how to Be Water Aware to prevent tragedy in your family.
Water Safety Tips
- Learn to swim: Swimming Lesson Save Lives.™ The best thing anyone can do to stay safe in and around the water is to learn to swim. This includes both adults and children.
- Never leave children unattended: Parents are the first line of defense in keeping kids safe in the water. Never leave children unattended near water, not even for a minute. If your child's in the water, you should be too!
- Read all signage and get to know the risks involved with playing in and around the water: Follow all safety rules, warning, height and age restrictions and listen to lifeguard staff when they are around.
- Never swim alone or in unsupervised places: Teach your children to always swim with a buddy.
- Don’t get too cold, don’t get too far from safety, don’t get too tired and don’t get too much sun! If you’re too cold, too far, too tired or get too much sun you could be putting yourself at risk for a water tragedy.
- Wear a life jacket: If you or a family member is a weak or non-swimmer, wear a life vest. It's nothing to be embarrassed about and many facilities provide them at no charge (including ours).
- Teach kids good behaviors: This tip is not just for around the water but it makes for a much safer aquatic environment. Kids that listen, that do not eat or drink anything they aren’t told to and that stay where they are supposed to are kids that have the ability to adapt to changing environments and not get themselves into dangerous situations. They are also more likely to listen to lifeguards or other aquatic staff when it comes to following the rules.
- Look for lifeguards: It is always best to swim in an area supervised by lifeguards, but remember, lifeguards are the last line of defense when all other layers of protection fail.
- Don't drink alcohol: Avoid alcoholic beverages before or during swimming, boating or water-skiing. Never drink alcohol while supervising children around water. Teach teenagers about the danger of drinking alcohol while swimming, boating or water skiing.
- Spit it out: Teach kids not to drink the pool water. To prevent choking, never chew gum or eat while swimming, diving or playing in water.
- Avoid water wings: Do not use air-filled swimming aids (such as "water wings") in place of life jackets or life preservers with children. Using air-filled swimming aids can give parents and children a false sense of security, which may increase the risk of drowning. These air-filled aids are toys and are not designed to be personal-flotation devices. After all, air-filled plastic tubes can deflate because they can become punctured or unplugged.
Do you have a pool at home or in your housing complex?
Stop by one of our pools or a fire station and ask for your Home Pool Safety Kit to get prepared for summer. Each kit includes a home pool safety checklist, water watcher tag and more.