Water Safety


Tricounty Health Department wants you to have a fun and safe summer, this includes being safe in and around water


Here are some tips to stay S.A.F.E.

 

Safety First

    • Swim in designated areas supervised by lifeguards
    • Ensure that everyone in the family learns to swim well.
    • Have young children or inexperienced swimmers wear U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets around water, but do not rely on life jackets alone.
    • If you go boating, wear a life jacket! Most boating fatalities occur from drowning.

 

Be Aware

    • Be aware of your surroundings and possible hazards
    • Be aware of each swimmer’s abilities
    • Never leave a young child unattended near water and do not trust a child’s life to another child; teach children to always ask permission to go near water.
    • Be aware of water conditions and temperature, especially in the mountains

 

Have Fun

    • Always swim with a buddy; do not allow anyone to swim alone. Even at a public pool or a lifeguarded beach, use the buddy system!
    • Be with your kids, this helps everyone have fun and provides close supervision
    • Plan ahead, make sure you have everything you need and let someone else know where you will be.
    • Use insect repellant so you can have a more enjoyable time

 

Plan for Emergencies

    • Know how and when to call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number.
    • Learn to perform CPR on children and adults, and update those skills regularly
    • Understand the basics of life-saving so that you can assist in a pool emergency and have first aid kit nearby
    • Know how to treat hypothermia

 

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Listen to our Give’m Health radio spot here concerning water safety

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