Swimming and skiing are fun and great ways to exercise. But being in the water carries its own perils.
Follow these tips to help keep you safe this summer:
- Watch your children. A child can drown in as
little as 20 seconds. Be a water watcher and
designate someone to always watch children
or any person with special needs while on or
around the water.
- Alcohol and water don’t mix. More than half
of all drowning deaths are related to alcohol
- Know your limits. Do not jump off objects or
swim farther than you should. Recognize your
limitations and stay within them.
- Wear a life jacket. If you can’t swim or you are
on a boat, wear a life vest, regardless of age
and boat length.
- Safe boating. Take a boating safety course at
Know the law and rules of the water before
you boat. The U.S. Coast Guard reports that
the majority of boating-related fatalities
involve operators who have not received any
boating safety instruction.