Safety Tips for Summer Swimming in Lakes or Pools
From the City of Lewisville
About 4,000 Americans drown each year, about one-fourth of them under the age of 14. The misconception is that when someone is drowning they are yelling and thrashing in the water, but safety experts say many drownings are eerily quiet, which is why they can occur in a crowded lake or pool with no one noticing before it’s too late. Some safety tips to follow for lake safety:
- An adult watching children in the water is a potential lifesaver and needs to be as alert and attentive as any lifeguard.
- Do not dive into unknown water. Neck and head injuries are a major hazard around the water.
- Do not drink alcoholic beverages around the water.
- Unlike car passengers, drunken boat passengers are at the same drowning risk as the driver.
- There should be a lifejacket for everyone in any kind of recreational boat.
- Make sure the lifejacket is accessible and the right size.
- The key to lifesaving is speed. Resuscitation efforts (CPR) should begin as soon as possible, even as the person is being pulled from the water.
- Check water conditions before you head to the lake. Plastic and foam flotation devices should not be used as anything more than the toys they are.
If you have a pool, be sure to have safety layers around your pool.
- Access doors to the pool area should have high locks.
- Install alarms on access doors.
- Have a pool safety barrier (fence) separating the pool from your home and all access doors and entrances.
- Provide water survival training for a child when he is capable of crawling or walking to the pool.
- Adults and teens should have CPR training and basic knowledge of rescue techniques for all adults and teens.