Water Safety Tips from the American Red Cross

A resident of Cook County in Illinois, Jeff Pesek currently serves as the president of the board of education for JS Morton District 201. Under his leadership, the school district successfully balanced its budget and restructured its schools. Outside of work, Jeff Pesek actively supports his local chapter of the American Red Cross (ARC).

With chapters across the United States and abroad, the American Red Cross provides important health and safety training, including CPR, babysitting, and lifeguard training. To ensure a safe, healthy summer, the ARC recommends a number of precautions around pools and bodies of water. First, parents should make sure that their pool is secured with childproof barriers such as a fence or gate. Children should never be left unattended near water, and inexperienced swimmers should wear flotation devices near water.

In homes with pools, children should be taught safety rules and behaviors. Whenever possible, children should enroll in age-appropriate water orientation and swimming courses from the Red Cross.