Water and Pool Safety Tips
No one will argue that, when the sun is high and the air is thick, taking a dip in a pool or the ocean is a good idea. Swimming is fun for all ages and a great way to cool off when the next Texas heat wave hits.
However, each year many accidental drownings occur because swimmers, both old and young, do not take precautions.
Do yourself and your loved ones a favor and carefully review the following water safety tips:
- Lifeguards: It is always a good idea to swim in an area where a lifeguard is present and on duty. Even if you are a strong swimmer, a leg cramp or undercurrent can tire you out.
- The buddy system: You have probably heard of the buddy system. Always swim with someone else and never let someone you know swim alone.
- Lessons: Before visiting the local watering hole, take swimming lessons. Additionally, you should make sure everyone in your family learns how to swim.
- Children: Never leave a child alone in or around the water. Also, never rely on a child to watch his or her friends or siblings.
- Life jackets: If you are visiting the pool or ocean, or staying on a boat, and members of your party are young children or inexperienced swimmers, have them wear lifejackets.
Lastly, you should avoid alcohol consumption while swimming. Alcohol impairs judgment and causes drowsiness, which may increase chances of drowning.