Water safety offers a variety of teaching opportunities

Summer is just around the corner, which means sprinklers, water balloons, backyard swimming pools and other ways to beat the heat.

It’s important to remember that water accidents can happen quickly—even if the water your child is playing in is only a few inches deep, or your child knows how to swim.

Just like it is never safe to leave your infant or toddler alone in the bathtub, same goes for any small bodies of water, including baby pools. Less obvious places to be careful around include: fishponds, ditches, fountains, rain . . .