As Erie County heads into summer, more people are heading to the beach and jumping into swimming pools.
But as summer temperatures soar, safety concerns rise, too.
-- Adults should directly
supervise children who are
in the water.
-- Non-swimmers or weak swimmers should strap on lifejackets. Make sure the lifejackets carry the approval of the Coast Guard. Everyone in a boat should always wear a lifejacket, regardless of swimming ability.
-- Children should be enrolled in swimming classes taught
by organizations such as
the YMCA or the Red Cross.
-- Swimmers should take regular breaks to rest and
-- Swim in areas where
lifeguards are provided,
whenever possible. Swim
with a buddy.
-- Don’t drink alcohol when swimming, boating, water skiing or supervising kids in the water.
-- If you have the chance, learn CPR.
-- If you have a pool at home, install a fence with latches
out of reach of kids. Consider an alarm that will sound if someone goes near a pool. Pick up pool toys when they aren’t being used so they won’t tempt kids.
-- If you’re going boating or swimming in the lake, pay
attention to weather forecasts.
-- If you get caught in a rip current in the lake, swim parallel to shore, then swim to shore once you’ve escaped the current.
Source: Ty Weber, director of Aquatics
for Great Wolf Lodge, and other experts