As the weather warms, water safety is of paramount importance.
With temperatures rising and the sun shining bright, we’ll all be taking a dip to cool off before we know it. However, water can be as dangerous as it is fun and relaxing, and unfortunately, accidents happen all too often.
Before you dive in, take some time to review our water safety tips for older adults.
Setting Sail: Water Safety Tips When Boating
One of the most satisfying ways to enjoy the water is on watercrafts. If you’re going to be on a vessel this summer, make sure it has been prepared for the water with life vests and other safety devices.
While on the boat, observe these safety measures:
- Avoid excessive consumption of alcoholic beverages. Some states/specific bodies of water allow boaters to consume a certain amount of alcohol and still be legal to operate a watercraft. However, it can be dangerous—not only for the operator but for passengers as well. If you plan on swimming, steer clear of alcoholic drinks as they can impair judgment and reaction time.
- Wear a life jacket. This goes for everyone, regardless of skill level. Even if you’re a strong swimmer, you should wear a personal flotation device (PFD) at all times. Keep in mind this sobering statistic: according to the U.S. Coast Guard’s 2016 boating report, 83% of drowning victims in 2016 were not wearing a life jacket.
- Keep an eye on the weather. Another water safety tip when boating is to monitor the weather. If you see dark clouds or feel the wind start to gust, it’s better to play it safe and head for shore.
- Make sure the boat is up to snuff. If you own a boat, the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary offers a free vessel safety check.
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Poolside Fun: Water and Swimming Safety Tips
If you plan on spending some time in the swimming pool or lake, be sure to take the necessary precautions. Familiarize yourself with the dangers and keep in mind that accidents can happen in virtually any level of water.
This is especially true for young children and older adults. If you have grandkids, make sure you keep an eye on them even if they’re good swimmers or playing in a shallow splash pool.
And if you’re an older adult with a health condition, talk with your doctor to go over any concerns you may have about staying safe in the water.
As you’re having fun at the pool or lake this summer, keep these swimming safety tips in mind:
- Always swim with a buddy; never swim alone. If you’re swimming with a group that includes your grandkids, it’s also a good idea to designate someone to watch over everybody. It’s better to have that spelled out.
- Watch out for what the American Red Cross calls “the dangerous too’s.” These are “too tired, too cold, too far from safety, too much sun, and too much strenuous activity.”
- Keep your pool safe. If you own a pool, it’s a good idea to give the equipment a thorough inspection each spring. Are the ladders fastened securely to their mounting device? Is there a lockable gate to keep unsupervised children away from the water? Do you have a telephone close-by in case of an emergency?
- Don’t forget the sunscreen. Apply sunscreen liberally, using about one ounce every two hours. Wear protective clothing, such as a wide-brimmed hat or sunglasses, whenever possible. You can get more sun protection tips here.
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Summertime Water Activities in New Hampshire
At Sugar Hill, residents enjoy everything Wolfeboro, New Hampshire and the surrounding area have to offer. We’re blessed to have easy access to Lake Winnipesaukee, where locals and visitors alike enjoy boating, fishing, and swimming all summer long.
Of course, there’s plenty to do on dry land, as well. Download our guide, Why Retire in Wolfeboro, to learn why so many people have chosen to call Wolfeboro home.