Don’t Let Michigan Kids Wear Blue Bathing Suits
As the weather gets warmer, the pools and beaches will be flooded with families and children.
You are probably making your pre-summer shopping list right now.
Before you head to your favorite online or in-person retail stores, you may want to think twice before buying your kid a blue bathing suit.
Why do you ask? Let me explain.
What is the problem with a blue bathing suit?
This all started with a TikTok video, as a lot of things do nowadays.
A swim instructor and mommy, Nikki Scarnati, posted a warning on TikTok explaining the importance of finding other colors besides blue for kids' bathing suits.
At the beginning of the TikTok video, Nikki shows her daughter wearing a blue bathing suit in a pool.
As Nikki points out, it is "difficult" to see her when she is underwater. She emphasizes that this is only calm water.
Imagine the lack of visibility in harsher waters, like the ocean.
The TikTok community started chiming in and agreeing that brighter colors or any pastel color would be better than wearing any shade of blue.
What colors are safe for kids' swimsuits?
Nikki also mentions it in her TikTok video,
"studies have shown neon is best, but read, orange and yellow are also safe."
Alive Solutions is a company that specializes in aquatic safety, risk management, and training.
They conducted a similar test to Nikki's and concluded the same things.
However, they also mentioned that even the color white is not the best.
"In lakes, white appeared to be a light reflection or clouds on the surface and didn't stand out. In pools with a dark bottom, white looked light blue and was easy to see close up, but the farther away you moved the quicker it disappeared. Dark colors or matching colors to the water disappeared quickly in pools with a dark bottom."
@springhill.isr Just dont do it! Why think about which bathing suits for the splash pad? Just buy bright ones!! ☀️☀️ #selfrescue #selfrescueswimming #selfrescueswim #watersafety #drowningpreventionawareness #springhillisd ♬ original sound - Spring Hill ISR Nikki Scarnati
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