Boating and swimming are some of the best ways to enjoy summer but if not enjoyed properly they are potentially hazardous.
First and foremost, know your limits. If you’re a novice swimmer, limit your time in open water and keep a flotation device nearby.
As with many activities, the buddy system is a great way to stay safe when spending time in the water. Whether you’re swimming in a public pool or wading at the beach, having someone close by can ensure you have help if something unfortunate were to happen.
Avoid alcohol use which impairs judgement, balance, and coordination.
Keeping Children Safe
The first step to keeping your children safe is by establishing rules and consistently enforcing them. Set limits based on children’s ability, warn against breath-holding contests and never let children around water unsupervised.
Pools and hot tubs should be surrounded by barriers at least 4-feet high with gates that are self-latching. If you have an above ground or inflatable pool where a barrier isn’t practical, be sure to remove ladders and utilize safety covers whenever the pool is not in use.
Keep toys that are not in use away from the pool and out of sight to avoid a child being attracted to them.
This means more than just being there when children are swimming. Adults should maintain constant, active supervision on children around water. The best way to actively supervise is to stay within arm’s reach of young children and avoid outside distractions.
If you witness an emergency situation, immediately call 9-1-1.
If you have a pool or hot tub at home, have the appropriate emergency equipment on hand, such as flotation devices and a first aid kit.
Being first aid and CPR/AED certified can help you to respond to emergency situations.