Let’s start with some water safety facts; did you know that in the United States drowning is the fifth leading cause of injury death? Yes, it is frightening to even think about it but it is true that about ten people become victims of unintentional drowning every day.
This just proves that although swimming can be quite a luxury with a host of health benefits when water safety is overlooked, problems arise.
But what does it mean to have water safety? By definition, water safety is being water aware and there are a couple of best practices that you can learn to protect yourself and your family.
Learn to swim
Swimming is a fun and relaxing activity but before getting wet, you will have to learn. It is good to also be prepared with water safety practices even while you are learning. You can even advance your skills and start making use of water safety products and teach other people.
Avoid taking risks
When you are learning how to swim, it is easy to feel intimidated at the swimming pool when you are the only one at the shallow end.
As much as it might be exciting to take risk in an effort to learn to swim faster, it is not advisable for beginners to go into the deep end.
Overestimating your swimming skills can lead to unintentional drowning.
Don’t swim alone
This applies to both the experienced swimmers and the beginners. It is advisable to always seek a life guard’s supervision.
Lifeguards are trained professionals that can act as the last line of defense in case of an emergency.
Alcohol and water don’t mix
When preparing to go for a swim, do not take any beverages such as alcohol. Even though swimming or boating can be a wonderful time to relax, beware not to be under the influence of alcohol. If you are on a boat, alcohol can cause you to easily slip overboard. It is also a good idea to inform teenagers on the dangers of drinking in the swimming pools.
Put on your life jacket
If you are yet to become a skilled swimmer, be sure to put on a vest that will help you stay safe as you learn. You should not feel lame about wearing a vest because everyone had to start from the beginning.
Watch the kids
When you are out swimming with the family, make sure you watch your kids so that they do not stray far from the rest of the group.
Also check the water depth before allowing the kids to jump or dive in.
According to the American Red Cross, a depth of 9 feet is the minimum for jumping into. Be sure to also teach your kids not to eat or chew while in the pool, it might cause them to choke or swallow the pool water.
Use the appropriate water safety products
Avoid using air-filled water wings that can easily be unplugged or punctured. Make use of the available life jackets especially when you are with children who are still learning how to swim. The usual water wings are not designed for safety like water safety products. Most of them are meant to be used as toys for kids to play within the water.
So there you have it, now you are water aware with the safety tips we have just discussed. As you prepare to go for swims in summer, please practice these safety tips to keep yourself and your family safe and happy.