If your summer plans include plenty of time poolside, boating or on the beach, you’ll want to make sure you’re practicing good water safety. Anywhere there is water, there is a risk of drowning — especially for children and other inexperienced swimmers.
Six Ways to be Water-Safe
- Always swim and boat with a buddy! There’s safety in numbers.
- Avoid alcohol when in or around the water, especially in areas where there’s no lifeguard on duty and/or you’re unfamiliar with the strength of the tide/current.
- Stay alert and always keep an eye on kids. If a child is missing, check for them in the water first — seconds count!
- Empty tubs, buckets and kiddie pools immediately after use.
- Teach children how to swim.
Boating? A real boater always wears a properly fitted life jacket and encourages others to do the same … and a safe boat operator wears the engine kill switch.
Please note: Missouri law requires boaters to have a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket on board and accessible for each occupant of the boat, and that kids 7 and under are required to wear a life jacket whenever they are on a boat except in the cabin area of a houseboat or cruiser.