Take The Plunge Into Water Safety

Our wellness feature last week talked about the health benefits of drinking plenty of water.  This time, let’s consider another popular use of H2O … especially in warm weather months. While summer can be a wonderful time to get out and enjoy the great outdoors, it’s important to remember some key water safety tips for keeping your summer fun and free of injury and stress.

There’s nothing that quite beats the heat like jumping in the water. Whether you’re poolside, lakeside or beachside, keep these tips from the American Red Cross top of mind to ensure a safe and fun time for everyone.

• Only swim in designated areas supervised by lifeguards.
• Always swim with a buddy, even in lifeguarded areas.
• Never leave a child unattended near water or trust a child’s life to another child.
• Young children and inexperienced swimmers should wear U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets when around water.
• Refrain from playing around drains and suction fittings in the pool.
• Even when not swimming, be cautious near natural bodies of water like the ocean shoreline, rivers and lakes; currents and underwater hazards can make falling into the water dangerous.
• Wear a life jacket when boating (most boating fatalities occur from drowning).
• Avoid alcohol use.

If you have your own pool or hot tub or live on a body of water, make sure you have reach and throw equipment, a cell phone, life jackets and a first aid kit handy at all times. For more tips, check out this water safety information from the American Red Cross.