Summer is here! While that’s extremely exciting, we want to make sure everyone takes safety precautions when heading out to the water. Some of you might think, “It’s just water. How can it hurt me?”
The truth is, water is one of the most powerful elements on the planet. Swimming and boating accidents occur more than most people think. Your safety and life are important to us, and what better way to kick off summer than to share a few safety tips to protect you, your family, and your friends?
Swimming safety tips
People of all ages can enjoy swimming, and all should take necessary precautions when you’re in the water. This information will vary depending on what type of water you’re swimming in, whether it be a pool, lake, beach, etc.
- Never leave a child unattended near water
- Children and inexperienced swimmers should wear life jackets that properly fit
- Have appropriate equipment (life float, life jacket, first aid kit, and cell phone)
- Look before jumping or diving into water
- Stay within your abilities
- Try not to swim alone in larger bodies of water
- Don’t swim under the influence
- Watch for bad weather
- Be aware of nearby signs that contain rules or warnings
- Don’t run on slick ground
Boating safety tips
Who doesn’t love taking their boat out and enjoying the summer heat? Most boating accidents can be preventable with a few simple precautions.
- Don’t get behind the wheel of a boat if you’re under the influence
- Wear a life jacket (Check your state’s regulations. All states require children to wear life jackets)
- Follow up on your state’s boating laws
- Document where you’re going and when you plan to return
- Perform a pre-boating safety check to ensure everything is working and you have enough gas in your tank
- Watch for bad weather
- Keep a safe distance from swimmers and be courteous
- Shut off your engine when people are boarding or exiting
- Don’t let anyone sit where they could potentially fall out of the boat
Other summer safety tips
Summer safety tips don’t only pertain to boating and swimming. There are plenty of other precautions you should take during summertime.
- Beat the heat by drinking plenty of water and wearing sunscreen
- Keep bug spray on hand to deter mosquitoes, which can cause a number of illnesses
- Never light fireworks near people, especially children, as well as buildings and animals
- If bicycling, wear proper gear, including bright clothing and a helmet
These are only a few safety precautions to take during the summer! Keep in mind that safety varies depending on what you’re doing, where you’re going, and who you’re with. Enjoy the summer weather, but always plan ahead and take necessary precautions to protect yourself and anyone around you.