Now that I’ve given you the skinny on how to protect yourself from the sun, it’s time to focus on another hot topic concerning these lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer.
I’m talking about water, as in the ocean and swimming pool. They are, of course, two of the most common places people go to cool themselves down when the mercury rises.
And why not? If you choose to not to take advantage of cranking air conditioner indoors, then by all means should you slip into your bathing suit jump get to the nearest beach or pool.
But Physicians First Messages is here to remind you that exercising water safety is imperative for not only yourself, but your children as well. And we’re going to offer you some helpful tips that will make your water visit more enjoyable.
First and foremost, learning how to swim will greatly enhance your safety regardless if you’re in the ocean or pool. Next, if you're with children, put down that phone and designate a water watcher or two. 71% of the world is water and children are 100% curious.
As far as the beach is concerned, your safety check list should include the following:
1. Always place your beach blanket near a lifeguard. Because of the unpredictable nature of the ocean, you just never know when you might need one. In fact, being near a lifeguard greatly reduces the chance of a drowning accident. In addition, always be aware of the most current information concerning riptides.
2. Avoid using rafts, floaties or noodles as safety devices. The best rule of thumb is to only allow your children to use them as deep as their swimming skill allows them.
3. Choose footwear that best suits you.
4. Take a good, hard look at the beach safety signs. And remember, every beach is different, so enter the water knowing your surroundings.
5. Try not to stand in the water where the waves break and, of course, do not dive into shallow water or unknown water depths.
6. Take frequent breaks.
7. If you're planning fun in the sun on a boat make sure that all parties, especially children, are wearing their certified life vests. They may be bulky but the life it saves could be yours or your child's!
As for swimming pools, although the majority of the rules connect in one way or another, there are some differences.
1. First and foremost, for the safety of all involved, including the annoying neighbors down the block, surround your pool with proper barrier. The last thing you need is a child wandering into your yard, and then your pool. Perhaps consider installing an alarm that would let you know every time somebody enters the pool.
2. When a child is going to enter the pool, an adult should always be present, if not in the pool themselves.
3. Always keep the pool water clean. Using the proper chemical levels, circulation and filtration is imperative if you want things to be completely safe.
4. Mark off water depths and make them obvious.
5. Make rules for your pool, put them on a sign, and stick to them.
6. And finally, always keep rescue devices close, as well as a first-aid kit.
The summer months are here and we know you’re going somewhere to cool off if it’s not in your own backyard. But please, don’t take any chances. Physicians First Messages implores you to always exercise water safety regardless of where you are.
Better safe than sorry.
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