CareNow® - June 12, 2017

Safety Tips for the Lake

According to studies, drowning is the fifth leading cause of unintentional injury death. Each year, there are many drowning accidents that can be prevented by following a few simple rules. As warm weather draws many people to the lake this summer, it's important to brush up on safety tips to make sure you and your family have a safe, enjoyable time.

Always Wear a Life Jacket

This one is a no brainer when it comes to lake safety. Any time you're out on a boat or personal watercraft, it's essential that you wear a Coast Guard-approved life jacket the entire time. Life jackets should be comfortable, but snug enough that they won't slip above the chin or ears when lifted at the shoulders.

Supervision Is Key

Even the most experienced swimmers should have supervision at all times when on the lake. Whoever is appointed the supervisor should actively supervise, not get distracted by texting, fishing, socializing, etc.

Stay In Designated Areas

Whenever you swim in the open water, it can be difficult for boaters to see you. Therefore, it's important to stay in areas that are designated specifically for swimmers. You should also avoid diving into the lake, as the depth can be deceiving.

Don't Swim To Help

If you see someone struggling to swim, quickly grab a flotation device and throw it to him or her instead of swimming out to help. Jumping in to save someone puts you at risk of being pulled under too.

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