Have a good soak, but stay safe in the water

SANDUSKY As Erie County heads into summer, more people are heading to the beach and jumping into swi
Tom Jackson
May 24, 2010

 

SANDUSKY

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

get rehydrated.

-- 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