Being out in open water is one of the best parts of summer! But it’s vitally important to stay safe while you are swimming. Take a look at Oakland County Sheriff’s swimming safety tips before taking a dip in your favorite lake or pool.
Swimming Safety Tips
When you’re out on the water it is very important to:
- Know how to swim
- Never swim alone
- Always swim in a designated area with a lifeguard on duty
- Keep an eye on little ones, they should never be more than a few feet away
- Never dive head first into water, diving in to water and not knowing how deep or shallow it is can cause serious injuries
- Never go swimming or operate a boat while under the influence of alcohol
Drowning is a Real Risk
Any great day can quickly turn in to a tragedy, drowning is a risk when anyone goes swimming. Drowning is the second leading cause of injury-related death among children under the age of 15. Many people think that drowning takes a long time but it takes only 20-60 seconds for a struggling victim to drown and most drownings occur 10-15 feet from safety.
If you are unsure if someone needs help or not alert a lifeguard immediately. Here are some things to look out for when you are out on the water:
- Drowning victims do not have to ability to call for help. The respiratory system was designed for breathing, speech is a secondary function. A drowning person is not getting enough air to breath; therefore they don’t have enough air to call for help.
- Drowning victim’s arms tend to extend laterally so it can appear that they are playing in the water.