July 2021


Safe Water Fun


With the weather heating up, more families are heading to the beach, community swimming pools or back yard pools. Swimming is a fun activity the whole family can enjoy. But with any fun activity, there is some risk.


According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention , drowning is the second leading cause of death for children between the ages of 1 and 14. Besides birth defects, drowning is the leading cause of death for toddlers between ages 1 and 4. Despite the grim statistics, parents and caregivers can protect their children from drowning by knowing some key water safety tips.


The American Red Cross provides water safety resources and developed a series of videos highlighting water-smart habits. Click here to view the video discussion guide.




“Longfellow’s WHALE Tales – Episode 1
Swim as a Pair Near a Lifeguard’s Chair”

Episode 2: Look Before You Leap


Episode 3: Think So You Don’t Sink


Episode 4: Reach or Throw, Don’t Go


Episode 5: Don’t Just Pack It, Wear Your Jacket


Episode 6: Too Much Sun Is No Fun


Episode 7: In Your House & In Your Yard, Watch for Water, Be on Guard


Episode 8: Wave, Tide or Ride, Follow the Guide