LANSING, Mich (WLNS) – All week long 6 News has been telling you about the importance of water safety.

And now that Memorial Day weekend, the unofficial beginning of summer, is almost upon us we have a new initiative to help make sure your time at the lake or pool is fun and safe.

With summer just about to start, 6 News is Here For You to help keep your children safe. What we’ve done is made 1000 of these special Lifeguard Lanyards.

And 6 News is encouraging you that if you are having children in your pool, that you designate one adult to keep an eye on them the entire time.

And then it’s simple, on the back of the lanyard, 5 rules to help you safe.

The first rule is to know how many kids you’re watching in the pool.

Rule number 2, have they each been assigned a water buddy?

And do they know how to get out of the pool when you blow the whistle?

Rule number 4, does anyone need a life jacket?

And number 5, do they know to tell you when they leave the water?Kids need to understand that when the whistle blows, it’s time to get out of the water.

And they also need to remember that either when they get in or out of the water, they need to check in with a designated adult.

“And take it from me, I learned from personal experience that things can change in a matter of minutes,” adds 6 News chief meteorologist David Young. “And that’s why 6 News wants to be Here For You this summer.”

For details on our “Lifeguard Lanyard” program and locations where you can pick up your own free of charge just click here.