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Posted on: May 26, 2021

Water Wednesday Weekly Water Safety Tip - Waterfront Safety

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The numbers are alarming… Over 1/3 of drowning victims are non-swimmers.

 

Most people who drown had no intention of going into the water. They end up in the water unexpectedly, from a sudden slip, fall or capsized boat. They are within easy reach of safety but do not have the basic self-rescue skills to survive the incident. Close to 60% of all drownings occur within 2m from safety.

Simple self-rescue skills save lives!

Recognize – The need for help.

Non-swimmers seldom wave for help. Drowning is often silent. Getting air is their only concern. They will often claw at the surface with their hands.

Assess – The risk. 

Make sure you are safe. Find things that float to use, and have a bystander help you.

Act – Use the rescue ladder.

Call for help!  

Then, TALK-Tell them to stay calm and to swim to safety.

THROW-an object that can float and is easily held (i.e. lifejacket) have them kick back.

REACH-give them an object, stay low, hold onto something solid so you stay safe.

WADE-only into waist deep water and either throw or reach out with a floating object.

Be your own Lifeguard!

Be a good role model. Be attentive, be watchful, and stay within arm’s reach. Always model safe behavior and teach how to be safe around water. Create safe places at the beach. Check for hazards in the water and around the beach.

Your primary role as your ‘Family’s Lifeguard’ is prevention. 

Set the rules. Always have a ‘designated lifeguard’ at the beach. Expect children and adults to follow the rules, including you. Non-swimmers should wear a properly fitted lifejacket.

Know your emergency plan. Know what to do during an emergency. As a family practice that plan. Have emergency phone number easily accessible.

Get trained and stay skilled. Learn lifesaving skills in a Bronze medallion course. Take a CPR class. Learning CPR is now easier than ever. Stay fit and practice what you’ve learned.


Always do your research on the waterfront locations you attend. 

Always tell someone where you are going and how long you plan to be gone. 

Avoid swimming at night. 

Waterfront conditions may change suddenly.

Know the location of the nearest phone and first aid kit in the event of an emergency.

Diving can result in serious injury or death; always enter the water foot first in areas that are not safe for diving or if you don’t know the depth.

Make sure children or weak/non-swimmers stay within arm’s reach and are under constant supervision.


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