Tips For Swimming And Boating Safely With Your Family
Human beings as a species are pathetically incompetent in the water. Compare the best human swimmer with even the worst fish and you’ll see just what we mean. With this in mind, it’s essential to consciously practice a conservative attitude of respect and caution if and whenever you’re swimming. Here’s our guide to swimming and boating safety to keep your head above water and avoid a wrongful death situation from the experienced New Jersey wrongful death attorney at Rossetti & DeVoto, P.C.
Swimming Safety Tips
Here are our top three tips for keeping yourself and your children safe while swimming.
Make Sure The Pool is Safe
While this may seem obvious, swimming pool compliance inspections exist for a reason. If you use a swimming pool that isn’t safety compliant then it can put you and your family in danger. If you’re going to a resort then be sure to do your research and that their pools follow safety guidelines. Plus, if you have your own pool, inspect them periodically throughout the year to ensure your kids are safe while playing in the summer months.
Make Sure Your Children Are Supervised
Children should never be allowed to swim unsupervised by adults anywhere. MedlinePlus reports that drowning can happen quickly and silently in as little as two inches of water. When it comes to young children, most incidences of accidental drowning occur in residential pools. It may sound morbid, but you must not be so naive as to think that this could not possibly happen to you. Adults supervising children should always be alert and aware of where all of the children for whom they’re responsible are at all times. Many young children who drown in their home’s pool were purportedly only out of their parent’s sight for as little as five minutes before their unfortunate deaths. Also, on that note, if you have a pool, it’s important to make sure and secure it with the appropriate barriers.
Avoid Blind, Head-First Diving
Do not dive headfirst into the shallow or murky water, or water of uncertain depth. Diving in shallow water can cause injuries and drowning. Murky water diving is particularly dangerous because you can’t see how deep and or shallow the water into which you’re diving. It is best to enter the water feet-first. Doing so may be less adventurous but it’s undoubtedly significantly safer. It’s understandable that kids want to show off for their friends and family members, but diving into an unknown pool can be disastrous. Make sure your children know the rules of the pool and the depth at each end so they avoid a tragic accident.
Learn Emergency Medical Procedures
If you have children, it’s a good idea to learn basic first aid and CPR. Knowing the basic rescue measures to take during an emergency can mean the difference between life and death, especially for families with residential pools. If you’re interested in learning more you can register for a Red Cross certified home pool safety, water safety, or first aid and CPR/AED to learn all the basics and give yourself some piece-of-mind.
Boating Safety Tips
Boating is great fun but, like any water-based activity, needs to be done with care. Here are our top three tips for staying safe while you’re out boating from our New Jersey wrongful death attorney at Rossetti & DeVoto, P.C.
Learn To Swim
If you’re going to be in and around the water, you must learn how to swim. You should abide by this safety rule even if you have no intention of leaving the boat. Worst case, you’re better safe than sorry! If you or your child cannot swim correctly, it is important to stay away from water and this includes going for a boat ride. Take yourself out of the situation if you are unable to swim so there’s no chance that you or a loved one can drown.
Know The Weather
You should always take a look at your local weather forecast before setting sail. TV and radio forecasts can be a good source of information. If you notice the clouds are starting to get dark or that the winds are suddenly changing, be smart and head home.
Keep Your Common Sense Common
You must, when boating, vigilantly keep your wits about you. This means always going at a safe speed at or below the speed limit. It always means staying alert, and steering clear of large floating vessels and other watercraft, especially when their ability to stop or turn is restricted. Finally, you should be respectful of buoys and other navigational aids. They’re there to keep you safe and are meant to be obeyed! If you or a loved one has been injured in a swimming incident, be sure to speak to a New Jersey wrongful death attorney from Rossetti & DeVoto, P.C. about your situation.
You can’t overestimate the importance of protecting your skin. This goes for both swimming and boating. You should limit the amount of direct sunlight you receive between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., plus you should always either wear protective clothing or sunscreen with a protection factor of at least 15.
Contact an Experienced Attorney Today
Lou DeVoto has successfully handled negligent, swim-related lawsuits before, reaching a nearly two million dollar wrongful death settlement in a tragic 2014 case. So if you need help in New Jersey, contact Rossetti & DeVoto, P.C. today at (844) 263-6260 for a free, no-obligation consultation.