Whether you are swimming in the ocean or a pool, there are certain things we can all do to make the water safer for everyone…
The buddy system is always recommended, so never swim alone or leave children unattended near the water, no matter how shallow it is. Did you know that an infant can drown in just one or two inches of water? Also, our days can be filled with constant distractions including our cell phones, so an experienced swimmer should always be assigned to keep a close eye on children. And seconds count when it comes to death or disablement due to drowning, so if a child goes missing, check the water first.
It’s always a good idea to have a floatation device nearby and inexperienced swimmers should wear a properly fitted U.S. Coast Guard approved life jacket when in the water. Since alcohol can impair judgment and our ability to swim or assist others, you should refrain from alcohol consumption as well.
Also beware of any safety hazards that can affect your swimming area. While flags at the beach can warn us of dangers including riptides and dangerous sea life, rules posted at swimming pools should also be observed. That includes no running or horseplay around the pool.
Immediately exit the ocean or swimming pool at the first sounds of thunder because lightning is not far behind. The rule is, “When thunder roars, head indoors.” Your car can also provide a safe haven in a storm.
On a somewhat lighter note, believe it or not we sweat when we swim, so remember to stay hydrated and reapply sunblock after exiting the water to safely enjoy any time you spend lounging in the sun.
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