Summertime means hot weather and hot weather drives us to cool water. It’s time for a refresher on water safety!
Did you know that drowning is the second leading cause of accidental death in children ages 1 to 4 years old? In many cases, experts say most water fatalities could have been avoided. While remaining vigilant and knowing how to swim are excellent ways to stay safe, there are other things you can do to protect your family and friends this summer.
Water Safety Tips
When hanging out around water:
- Try to swim in an area with a lifeguard on duty
- Children and adults who do not swim well should have coastguard-approved floatation gear
- Take a swim course and enroll your child in swim lessons
- Don’t overestimate your swimming skills
- Do not underestimate the power of the water or weather
- Refrain from using drugs or alcohol while swimming
When boating, jetskiing, or visiting a water park, always be aware of local rules and guidelines. Stay alert and follow all the safety rules. Don’t run on slick pavement, pay attention to other boaters, and always wear a life jacket when using a motorized watercraft.
Whether you’re fishing, swimming, or water skiing, practicing water safety and exercising caution around water will help make for a positive experience.
For more information on water safety visit the CDC website at https://www.cdc.gov/healthyschools/bam/safety/water-safety.htm. You can also visit www.tchdnow.org or find them on Facebook for more information about the Tuscarawas County Health Department and their services.