The summer brings about bright sun, warm temperatures, crystal blue skies and the urge to go for a swim. Whether you like to swim in the ocean, in a lake, in a river or in a pool, you need to be as safe as possible to prevent accidents that could include drowning. Our Los Angeles premises liability attorney would like to provide you with the following tips for a safe swim this summer.
Swim Near a Lifeguard
No matter where you swim you should always swim near a lifeguard. This can be difficult, especially since lifeguards aren’t always present at every body of water. But, for your own safety and the safety of those around you it’s important to swim only where a lifeguard is present. Lifeguards are certified in CPR and know how to fight rip currents and other issues with water when trying to rescue someone who is struggling to stay above water.
Never Swim Alone
Swimming alone at your pool is one thing but you should never swim alone when in a lake, river, the ocean or a pond. You should always go swimming with a buddy in the event that something happens to you, such as having a medical issue while in the water. The same can be said for swimming in your pool at home. Even if the other person doesn’t get in the water with you there should at least be someone home at the time of your swim.
Take Swimming Lessons
It doesn’t matter how old you are, water is unforgiving. You need to take swimming lessons so you know how to breathe properly and handle the water. The same thing goes for your children. Children should not be allowed in the water unless they have been taught how to swim properly. This can help avoid a potentially tragic situation.
Always Check Water First
Always check the water first when a child happens to go missing. Don’t waste precious time searching a snack stand, the backyard, the house or anywhere else. A child can drown in a matter of seconds, that’s why you need to check the water first. Make sure your pool is equipped with poles and life preservers you can throw into the water to help someone who is struggling to stay afloat.
Avoid Swimming at Night
Unless you are swimming in a lighted pool you should avoid swimming at night. This is especially true for the ocean, lakes, rivers, ponds and other natural bodies of water. You won’t be able to see the shore or any hazards in the water, which could lead to a tragic ending. It will also make it difficult for first responders to locate you should something happen when you are out for a nighttime swim.
Swimming is one of the most entertaining activities of the summer season throughout California. If you or a loved one is injured in a swimming accident it’s best to contact our Los Angeles premises liability attorney to determine if the property owner could be held liable for the accident.