Summertime Water Safety Tips
Summer across the country usually means plenty of time in the water – whether you have a residential swimming pool, community pool, or plan to head over to the beach, lake or your favorite water park. It’s important to always remember that wherever you plan on making your summer memories that you take the proper precautions.
If you have a residential swimming pool, depending on the state you live, there may be safety requirements that homeowners are expected to follow, especially if you are building a new home or adding a swimming pool or hot tub to an existing home. For example, Florida has a statute that requires new pools to pass a final inspection with at least one pool safety feature in place. This could be a pool fence, pool cover, or door alarm. Community pools may or may not have a lifeguard at all times and typically expect adults to watch their children and may post signs limiting themselves from responsibility if there is an accident.
If grandma and grandpa are coming to visit for the summer, it’s just as important to consider their lifestyle and whether or not they know how to swim. If you plan on heading to the lake or the beach, make sure you take into consideration how comfortable they are in the water. If you have young children still learning to swim, it may be a good idea to ensure an adult with experience keeps an eye on them, in case older family members are unable to assist.
With no shortage of water parks, big and small, competing for business with the wildest of rides advertised, make sure your family has a plan in case anyone gets separated from the rest of the group. Thousands of guests can make their way through a water park on any given day and it’s good to have a meeting place.
Even if it’s a leisurely cruise along a quiet river, it’s always imperative to wear a life jacket. If you are visiting with family and friends, and there are not enough life jackets for everyone, that’s a red flag. Many boat rental shops will have their own set of rules and regulations for those operating a boat and riding in one. If you’ve never operated a boat, jet-ski or other watercraft, it’s typical that the instructor will require a valid driver’s license and possibly a brief safety class before handing over the keys.
From all of us at Hamilton, we hope everyone has a wonderful summer!