CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) - Chicopee State Park Beach was filled with families looking to escape the heat Wednesday afternoon. But not all popular swimming spots have lifeguards.
Janice Velez, from Springfield, told 22News she worries about her 11-year-old in the water because he is not always paying attention to how deep the water can get. She said she tells him to stay close to shore.
"To be careful and don't go so far so I can see him," Velez said.
The American Red Cross advises that you teach your kids to ask permission before they go near the water.
They say if a child is missing check the water first. Every second counts when a child is in danger.
Another recommendation is to never allow a child to swim alone.
Those are the rules Alona Soboleva, mother of three, set for her kids. She told 22news they have a buddy system.
"You know, protect each other because it's like if they both swim they have to always watch for each other. And I tell them all the time to see me, come to me every ten minutes or so," Soboleva, from Springfield, said.
The Red Cross also says that young children and inexperienced swimmers should have a U.S. Coast Guard approved life-jacket on anytime they around water.
The American Red Cross says always look for designated swimming areas that do have lifeguards on duty.
If someone does appear to be drowning, throw something in the water for them to hold on to and call 9-1-1, but do not go in after them.