Learning about water safety is serious fun. April Pools Day includes practice putting on lifejackets, safely riding in inflatable boats, and using “reach/throw/don’t go” rescue techniques. Expect a big welcome from the city’s police marine operations unit in the parking lot, including a close-up look at a dive rig.
Admission is a canned food donation to benefit local food banks or a monetary donation to benefit Park Scholarship Fund.
Co-sponsored by the Drowning Prevention Coalition which helps reduce accidental drowning in our state and Seattle Children's Hospital.
The city encourages everyone who visits Silver Lake and all of its other shoreline parks to attend April Pools Day and to heed these American Red Cross safety facts and guidelines:
Make water safety your priority! Drowning can happen any time, but be especially cautions during the summer months when drowning incidents increase up to 89%.
Be cautious around ocean shoreline, rivers and lakes – even if you don’t plan on going in. Cold temperatures, currents and underwater hazards can make falling in dangerous.
Establish and consistently enforce water safety rules for your family. For example, set limits based on each person’s ability.
Swim or wade in designated areas
Swim with a buddy – ALWAYS
Ensure that everyone in your family learns to swim well. Enroll in age-appropriate water orientation and swimming classes.
Teach children to always ask an adults’ permission to go near the water.
Supervise children closely whenever around the water – always stay within arm’s reach of young children and avoid distractions.
When a child is missing, check the water first, seconds count.
Require young children and weak swimmers in your supervision to wear U. S. Coast Guard approved life jackets in on or around any water.
Wear a life jacket when boating, rafting or tubing! Most boating-related deaths are from downing. Put your life jacket on at the dock, deck or shore and do not take it off until you are on dry land.
Make sure life jackets fit properly. Check the label for weight limits.
Know how and when to call 911.
Never allow anyone to swim alone.
Don’t drop kids off at the pool or beach unsupervised.