As the temperatures rise and summer approaches, it's time to have some fun in the water. The month of May is recognized as National Water Safety Month 2023. As always, this is a time dedicated to raising awareness about the importance of water safety. This month aims to emphasize the need for education, prevention, and preparedness to keep ourselves and our loved ones safe.
Understanding the Importance of National Water Safety Month 2023
National Water Safety Month 2023 serves as a reminder that water-related activities, while enjoyable, can also be dangerous. In today’s blog, we will highlight essential tips to ensure a safe and enjoyable time in and around the water. According to the CDC, drowning is a leading cause of accidental deaths worldwide, with a significant number of incidents occurring in swimming pools, lakes, rivers, and oceans.
Promoting General Water Safety Awareness
National Water Safety Month 2023 offers an excellent opportunity for individuals, families, and communities to enhance their understanding of water safety practices. Organizations and institutions across the country hold workshops, seminars and educational events to spread awareness.
Basic Water Safety Tips for Everyone
See below for some useful tips that can help keep you safe during National Water Safety Month and beyond:
Learn to Swim
Learning how to swim is a fundamental water safety skill that can save lives. Enroll yourself and your children in swimming lessons conducted by certified instructors to build confidence and competence in the water.
Never leave children unattended near water, even if they know how to swim. Designate a responsible adult as an active supervisor to oversee the activities taking place in and around the water.
Always Use Life Jackets
According to the U.S. Coast Guard and safety experts everywhere, life jackets are essential. They should be worn by all non-swimmers and inexperienced swimmers. In some cases, experienced swimmers should even wear them. This is especially true while boating or kayaking. Our detailed blog about lifejackets will help you choose the right floatation devices for each of your family members.
Install a Pool Fence
If you own a swimming pool, install a sturdy pool fence with a self-locking gate to prevent unauthorized access. Keep pool toys away from the water's edge when not in use to prevent children from accidentally falling in.
Become CPR Certified
Acquiring knowledge of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) can be a lifesaving skill. Consider taking a CPR course and refreshing your skills regularly.
National Water Safety Month serves as a crucial reminder that our enjoyment in the water should always be accompanied by responsible behavior and awareness. By following the tips outlined above and staying informed about water safety practices, we can significantly reduce the risk of accidents and drowning incidents.
Let’s all join hands in promoting water safety, not just in May but also throughout the year, to ensure that everyone has a safe and enjoyable time in and around the water.