The weather here on Long Island has been beautiful and I am sure most of you are enjoying your spare time in the sun and the water. We know its tempting to just jump in the water without thinking SAFETY FIRST so we would like to take this time to remind you of some important water safety tips while you enjoy the rest of your summer.
General Water Safety Tips
- Teach children water safety and swimming skills as early as possible.
- Always swim in designated areas supervised by lifeguards.
- Avoid swimming alone even at a public pool or beach. The buddy system is safest!
- Teach your children to always ask permission of the adult in charge to go near or in water. Even with a lifeguard present it is best to stay within arm’s reach of young children and avoid distractions when supervising children in or around water.
- If a child goes missing, check the water first. Don’t think you’ll hear a child who’s in trouble in the water. A child drowning is a silent death, with no splashing to alert anyone that the child is in trouble.
- Use only U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets for young children or those who cannot swim well but do not rely on life jackets alone for safety. Flotation devices are not a substitute for supervision.
- Know the conditions of natural bodies of water including ocean shoreline, rivers and lakes. Cold temperatures, strong currents and underwater hazards can make a fall into these bodies of water dangerous.
- Always wear a life jacket when boating. Most boating fatalities occur from drowning.
- Avoid alcohol use while in or near water. Alcohol can impair your judgment, balance and coordination, can affect swimming and diving skills and can reduce the body’s ability to stay warm.
- Watch that sun! Water reflects the sun’s rays so be sure to use a broad spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or more and reapply frequently, especially after going into the water. If you happen to get too much sun, check out our sunburn post for some relief.
Be prepared for a water emergency
- Find a local class to learn to how to perform CPR on both children and adults, and update those skills regularly.
- Understand the basics of life-saving so that you can assist in a pool emergency.
- Familiarize yourself with the silent signs of drowning even when a lifeguard is on duty. When it comes to drowning, every second counts.
We hope you all have a wonderful, safe summer!