Water Safety Essentials

Our Wellness column last week talked about the health benefits of drinking plenty of water., especially in hot weather season. This week, we’ll discuss another appeal 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.

Please be sure to discuss the importance of water safety with your family members, and keep these tips from the American Red Cross in 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 when engaged in water activities.

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.