Have fun in the sun, but swim safely
July 15, 2013
The heat waves keep coming, and unfortunately so do the drowning accidents.
To avoid becoming the latest statistic – nationally about 10 people drown every day, and there have been at least three drownings in Eastern Connecticut in July alone – follow these safety tips provide by Kristie Tapper, APRN, of the Colchester Backus Health Center:
- Learn to swim
- Swim where there are lifeguards
- Learn CPR
- Supervise children
- Don’t swim alone
- Look after those with seizure disorders
- Avoid alcohol
- Don’t swim in bad weather
- Don’t swim too far or underwater too long
- Wear a life jacket when appropriate
- Never dive in shallow or unfamiliar waters.