Top 5 Water Safety Tips

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A day on the water can be a lot of fun, especially during hot summer days, but it’s important that you keep yourself, your family and your friends safe. Whether you’re playing in a backyard pool or on the open water of a lake or ocean, here are the top five water safety tips to keep in mind:

1. Learn to swim!

Even if you aren’t planning on being an Olympic swimmer, knowing how to swim is one of the first steps towards staying safe on the water. The more comfortable you are in the water, the more comfortable you’ll be around water. Regardless of whether or not you intend to do any swimming, knowing how to swim can keep you safe in the event that you end up in the water. Kids should take swimming classes.

2. Know where you’re swimming.

If you’re swimming outdoors in a pond, lake, river, or ocean, you should know what you’re getting yourself into. Some natural bodies of water may contain bacteria or pollutants that may be harmful. Others are home to wildlife, from sharks to leaches, that may ruin your fun. Know the currents—an undertow or strong river current can be dangerous even for experienced swimmers. Always be aware of the depth of the water. Diving into shallow water creates a risk of physical injury.

3. Use safety devices.

For younger and more inexperienced swimmers, life vests, water wings and other flotation devices can add safety and security to any time spent on or near the water. If you are boating make sure that you have enough flotation devices for everyone—both adults and children—who are on the boat. The US Coast Guard has specific requirements for flotation devices. Think you’re free from the need for safety devices because you’re in a pool? Think again! Lifeguard rings and flotation devices are also essential for those with a backyard pool. So are swimming pool alarms, which alert you to anyone who’s jumped or fallen into the pool.

4. Avoid alcohol.

In the US, the legal blood alcohol content for any person operating a boat is the same as operating a car—and for good reason. If you’re going to be on the water (either boating or swimming) try to resist the temptation to drink. Alcohol impairs judgment and coordination and may make you unable to deal with emergency situations.

5. Learn basic first aid.

This is a good general rule of thumb for almost any situation. Regardless of where you are, if you’re near water, knowing CPR may come in handy. Likewise, you should know how to treat shock, dehydration and hypothermia. If someone takes an unintentional plunge into cold water, knowing what to do could end up saving their life. If you are around water—or anywhere outdoors—having a basic first aid kit, to treat cuts and scrapes, insect bites, and more serious injuries is essential to keeping your family and friends safe this summer.

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