Keep summer fun afloat with these tips for safe swimming and boating:
- If you have a home swimming pool, install barriers with self-closing and self-latching gates. For above ground pools, secure and lock steps and ladders, or remove them when the pool is not in use. Insure doors and windows that open into the pool area are secured.
- Ensure a phone is available near a swimming area to dial 911.
- Always have a first-aid kit handy. Learn CPR!
- Never let kids swim unsupervised.
- Enroll kids over age three in swimming lessons taught by qualified instructors. But keep in mind that lessons don't make your child "drown-proof."
- Drowning isn't the only danger - there's lightning. If you see storm clouds or hear thunder, get out of the water immediately to avoid electrocution.
- If you're visiting a pool, sound or ocean, keep an eye on your kids. Lifeguards aren't babysitters.
- Never consume alcohol when operating a boat or swimming.
- Always use approved personal flotation devices (life jackets).
- Don't underestimate the power of water. Even if it looks calm, oceans and sounds have active currents.
- Rip currents run perpendicular to the beach. Even strong swimmers cannot overcome the power of a rip current. Swim parallel to shore to get out of the rip current and swim in.
- Swim at a life guarded beach. Ask the lifeguard questions about water conditions and always observe any safety advisories for public safety officials.