Hopefully everyone will have an opportunity to enjoy the holiday weekend and take a moment to appreciate the significance of the 4th of July. We would like to thank our soldiers and veterans. Freedom isn’t free, but it is priceless.
In addition, many of us will be out on the water this weekend. Here are some general water safety tips to keep in mind.
- Learn to swim. Simple, but one of the most effective things you can do.
- Swim in areas supervised by a lifeguard.
- Obey all rules and posted signs.
- Children or inexperienced swimmers should wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved personal floatation device (PFD) when around the water.
- Watch out for the dangerous “too’s” – too tired, too cold, too far from safety, too much sun, too much strenuous activity.
- Use a feet-first entry when entering the water.
- Enter headfirst only when the area is clearly marked for diving and has no obstructions.
- Do not mix alcohol with swimming, diving or boating. Alcohol impairs your judgment, balance, and coordination, affects your swimming and diving skills, and reduces your body’s ability to stay warm.
- Know how to prevent, recognize, and respond to emergencies.
Source: Red Cross