2. Ensure your kids learn how to swim
Whether it be professional lessons or backyard practice, make sure your kids learn how to swim well enough that they can get out of a body of water if they fall in. This may seem obvious, but many parents assume if they don't have a pool they can delay lessons. However, if your child is going to be around water at all this summer, it's time to start learning how to swim.

Generally, it takes children one to two summers of practice to be sufficient in the water, so it's never too early to get started. Even babies benefit from lessons because they'll learn to be comfortable and hold their breath at an earlier age. Moreover, kids who know how to swim can still drown. Take care to watch your kiddos!