Today’s tip –
Simple steps can prevent drownings
Noting a record number of drownings this year, the Fire Department has passed along these tips to keep you safe while enjoying our lakes, rivers and swimming pools.
- Always take along a swim buddy. It’s easy to lose track of people in the water, especially when the water and beaches are crowded. Having someone along will help ensure there’s someone looking out for you.
- Never leave a child unattended in and around water. A child can drown in as little as one inch of water in the same amount of time it takes to answer the doorbell or telephone.
- Wear a life jacket. Even experienced swimmers wear life jackets on docks and boats. If you can’t swim or are an inexperienced swimmer, wear a life jacket! Don’t trust play flotation devices and waterwings. These are not substitutes for life jackets.
- Don’t drink alcohol when swimming or boating. Alcohol depresses your nervous system and makes it difficult to help yourself or another person in an emergency.
- Be mindful of your health. If you have a chronic condition that could cause you to have a medical emergency in the water, wear a life jacket and/or tell the lifeguard so that they are aware.
- Don’t push beyond your swimming ability. Pay attention to your comfort zone — whether it’s in shallow water, chest-high water or deep water — because going beyond your limit is dangerous.
- Don't underestimate the power of water. Even rivers and lakes can have undertows.
Published Jul. 18, 2012