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Summertime Water Safety Checklist – print and save!

June 6, 2016

children in swimming poolSummertime is synonymous with swimming, boating, surfing – just being around and in the water! Unfortunately, every year preventable accidents happen.  According to the CDC, every day, about ten people die from unintentional drowning. Of these, two are children aged 14 or younger. Drowning ranks fifth among the leading causes of unintentional injury death in the United States.

Here are some simple tips to keep you safe this summer:

  • Supervision: ALL children should be supervised when swimming or playing in orfounders summer safety checklist around water. Don’t assume because they can swim they don’t need an eagle eye watching them.  Drowning occurs quickly and quietly.  The CDC suggests using the “touch supervision” method – keeping children close enough to touch at all times.
  • Buddy up: Never swim alone – you never know when you might get a cramp, get caught in a rip tide if swimming in the ocean, or have a boating mishap.  Choose a spot that has life guards for extra safety.
  • Don the VEST!:  When boating – wear a life vest. Today’s vests are comfortable and
    aren’t the ugly orange awkward ones of days gone by.
  • Learn to Swim.  This may seem like an obvious one – but learning to swim and how to handle emergencies could save your life.  Many local YMCA’s offer lessons! PS – you are never too old to learn how to swim
  • Take a CPR Certification Class:   In the time it takes for paramedics to arrive, your CPR skills could save someone’s life.
  • Toys are not life jackets. Don’t use air-filled or foam toys,
    such as “water wings”, “noodles”, or inner-tubes, instead of life jackets.  They will not keep swimmers from drowning – many parents get a little too comfortable and lax because their toddlers have “swimmies” on.
  • Don’t Drink and Play in the Water. Unfortunately this is a major cause of drownings – people tend to get riskier when drinking, don’t follow safety guidelines, and aren’t as watchful of their children when consuming alcohol.
  • Watch for bad weather: Yes, lightening can strike you in a boat. Strong winds can also capsize boats.  Swimming during a lightning storm just isn’t a smart idea – don’t do it!

Do you have a swimming pool at home?  Please take these precautions:

  • Fence & Lock – 24/7.  Many insurance carriers require a 4 sided fence and locked gate – even if they didn’t this is just a smart move.  You don’t want anyone entering your pool without supervision.
  • Swab the Deck.  Tripping and falling on slippery decks happens all the time. Keep it clear of toys, rafts and the like.
  • Gate and water alarms – consider having a gate alarm or even a wave sensitive alarm. If someone enters the pool without permission, you will know it!
  • Approved drain covers.  We often hear of small children getting pulled towards the drains or hair getting caught resulting in serious injury or death.  Using compliant drain covers could save a life!

Have a happy and SAFE summer on the water!  Please share this with friends and family – it could save a life!

Cherie Pare

Cherie Pare

Personal Lines Account Executive

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