The 4th of July is a great holiday, full of fun and get-togethers with family and friends. Many times the 4th of July involves swimming and trips to a pool or swimming area. It’s wise to plan ahead as well as take a few precautions so that the day is not only fun but also safe.
Because almost everyone heads out to the lake or beach for 4th of July, it is important that you and your Family are kept as safe as possible while playing in the water or out in the water with your jet ski or boat. Here are some water safety tips for 2013 Independence Day:
- Make sure the children – and even adults – always have a life jacket on when in the water or on a motorized water vehicle (boat, jet ski, etc.)
- Never let your children swim alone. An adult should always be present and paying attention.
- Always step “Feet First”* into shallow water and never try to dive.
- Alcohol, fireworks and Fourth of July do not mix well. Drink responsibly and make sure to have a designated driver available.
- Review safe boating practices.
- Always have a phone handy should an emergency arise.
- Know your limits when it comes to water.
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- Try to limit your exposure to the sun between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
- Always wear sunscreen with at least a 15 SPF, although higher is recommended, and should be reapplied often.
- Make sure to stay hydrated and watch for signs of heat stroke – rapid, weak pulse, fast, slow breathing, and hot, red skin.
If you follow all of these tips, you will have a much more enjoyable Independence Day celebration with your family.