Local fire fighters offer 6 important water safety tips for children

(Jackson, Wyo.) - As summer in Jackson Hole heats up, swimming is a great way for kids and adults alike to beat the heat. Enjoying our local waterways and pools is not without risk, however, according to the CDC, drowning is the number-one cause of accidental death in children under the age of four. “Whether it’s in a tub or a pool, water of any depth can be dangerous for kids,” says Tyler Hartz, a local Firefighter/Paramedic and father. Jackson Hole Professional Fire Fighters advise that by taking some proper precautions, accidental drowning can be prevented. Your Jackson Hole Fire Fighters have joined Nationwide’s “Make Safe Happen ” campaign to create greater awareness of water safety and protect children from accidental drowning. This Water Safety campaign offers safety tips and other resources, including bathtub safety, how to identify “dry drowning” and how to keep your swim area safe. “It’s also important to know how these water deaths in children are happening,” said Hartz. “This is critical information that all caretakers of young children should know.” Important safety tips include: 1. Always be in arm’s distance from your child when near water 2. Choose life jackets over water wings 3. Stay clear of storm drains and culverts 4. Install a fence around your home pool 5. Learn CPR and first aid 6. Always have a phone with you to call for help “Kids love to make a splash, but they often don’t know their limits,” said Hartz. “That’s why we need to actively watch them when they’re in and around water.” For more information about water safety, visit An app is also available at For potentially life-threatening situations, call 9-1-1 so Fire Fighters and Paramedics can respond quickly when lives are in danger. *Feature Photo: Scenic Snake River Float in Grand Teton National Park. h/t Madeleine Openshaw via Shutterstock / Pitchengine Communities* #buckrail #news