Warmer weather is finally here. It's time to stock up on summer staples like sunblock, shorts, and bathing suits to enjoy some fun in the sun.
When buying a swimsuit for your child this summer, you might want to consider the color, in addition to the size and style.
An aquatic safety group recently put bathing suit colors to the test to figure out if they're all easily visible underwater.
ALIVE Solutions Inc. performed the test both in a lake and a white-bottomed pool. In both cases, they found that neon colors were more easily visible under 18 inches of water. That makes sense—neon colors are bright and easily visible under normal circumstances.
But you might be surprised at how the other colors fared.
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In the lake test, for example, neon yellow, green, and orange fared the best. But the other colors? They practically disappeared.
"We placed each color on the surface (first row images), second row images were from shore level perspective, and third row are from a slightly elevated perspective — simulating standing on a boat/dock view," ALIVE Solutions said in its post.
In the pool test, the team compared photos of the swimsuit underwater and what it looks like when the child is kicking or struggling.
Again, neon colors like pink, orange and yellow stood out.
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"Our bottom two colors are white and light blue (check out how they disappear) and our top choices would be neon pink and neon orange," ALIVE Solutions explained. "Although the darker colors show up on a light pool bottom they can often be dismissed for a pile of leaves, dirt, or a shadow so I tend to stay away from those colors when possible."
"Also remember," the company added, "the bright and contrasting colors help visibility, but it doesn't matter what color your kids are wearing if you aren't supervising effectively and actively watching!"
The American Red Cross recommends always having a designated "water watcher" whose sole responsibility is to supervise children during water play. Experts say tragedies can happen when groups of adults assume that someone else is keeping an eye on the water.
A Florida hospital recently observed a 600% increase in pediatric drownings, compared to the same time last year. Most cases involved children under three.
It's important that we do all we can to stop preventable tragedies. You might want to consider designating a water watcher for your next beach trip—or buying a neon swimsuit for your little one.
You got this, mama.