Sunday cartoons: Summer swim safety

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BURRILLVILLE – It’s summertime everybody. School is out, and with warmer weather here, kids will be spending a lot more time outdoors participating in many activities, including swimming.

There are many swimming options for kids and this week our Sunday Safety Cartoons focus on swimming pools. The “Watch Me Kids Club” are children utilizing swimming pools to keep cool and out of the summer heat.

A couple swimming safety tips for kids are: 1. Never swim alone and 2. Wait your turn on the swimming pool slides. Kids should always swim with a buddy and have an adult watching them while swimming in a pool. Kids should also avoid injuring themselves and others by being patient when using the pool slides. Wait to take your turn and make sure the child sliding into the pool ahead of you is in the water and away from the bottom of the slide to prevent hitting someone when you attempt to take your ride down the slide into the pool. Always watch out for other swimmers and keep your distance if you are actively sliding or diving into a swimming pool, whether it is a pool set up in your own back yard, or a public swimming pool in your city, town or community.

Swim safe all summer long. 

Jim Weicherding is a Burrillville resident, and the founder and creator of an award-winning traffic safety effort Seasons of Safety. Weicherding contributes kids’ coloring cartoons, which can be printed and used to help parents discuss safety issues with their children. He has a long list of police officers and firefighters in his family and has worked with law enforcement and firefighters in a creative public safety capacity for more than two decades.

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