Summer is officially here, and the heat has definitely arrived! Staying cool is important this time of year, and many people choose to cool down in the water. Whether it’s swimming in a pool in your backyard, a water park, or a vacation at the lake, splashing around in the water is a fun thing to do, but it’s also essential to stay safe. Let’s dive into some safety tips to keep in mind next time you get to jump into some water!
Life Jackets Are Always in Fashion – If you go boating, wear a life jacket! Most boating deaths occur from drowning, and a life jacket could have prevented nearly half of those deaths. Test life jackets at least once a year for buoyancy and wear and tear. Faded, leaky, or waterlogged jackets should be replaced. Make sure your life jackets comply with U.S. Coast Guard regulations. For more information on choosing the proper life jacket, view the U.S. Coast Guard’s brochure here.
Prevent Unsupervised Access to the Water – If you have a pool, take precautions to keep people out of the pool when no one else is around. Pool covers and safety alarms are two options to keep unsupervised swimmers out. The American Red Cross recommends that you install gates that are at least 4 feet tall, self-closing, self-latching and open outward. Once you are done playing in the pool, remove all the toys and put them away. Toys in the pool can attract young children to jump in after them, even if they aren’t strong swimmers.
Constant Supervision Is Key – When someone is in the water, there should be at least one person watching in case of an emergency. Never assume someone else is watching people in the pool unless you’ve specifically designated another adult. If you have a young child, always stay within arm’s reach of the water and minimize your own distractions while he or she is swimming.
#PutDownThePhone – While taking pictures at the water is a nice way to remember the moment, wait until after you leave to post it to social media. It’s easy to get caught up in posting it, making it less likely you’ll quickly notice if someone needs help. It’s a good idea to keep a phone close, though, in the event of an emergency. In many cases, saving someone from severe injury or even death from drowning comes down to a matter of minutes.
Be Prepared – The best way to have fun in the sun – and water – is to be prepared. Learn how to swim and if you have children, teach them to swim or enroll them in swimming lessons before taking anyone to the pool or the lake. Have a cell phone, life jacket, and throwing or reaching equipment close by while people are in the water in case something goes wrong. Learn CPR and first aid so that you can quickly respond while you wait for medics to arrive in the event of an emergency.
Vacations to the lake or ocean should mean lots of swimming, boating, and fun! Even if you’re taking a “staycation” at home, relaxation and pool time should go hand-in-hand. Ease your mind even more by keeping these tips in mind to stay safe while splashing around this summer!
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