Summer is right around the corner and that means many Georgia residents are going to be spending more of their time outdoors, soaking up the sun and enjoying the warm weather. One of the activities many individuals tend to enjoy doing during the summer months is go out for boat rides and spend time at the beach. And while these are the times that allow us to kick back and relax, we must not forget to implement important safety tips to ensure everyone stays out of harm’s way.
Georgia Power recently released a public service announcement (PSA) that highlighted some water safety tips as the summer boating season is about to begin[Source: PR Newswire]. The fact is, “drowning is the second leading cause of accidental death in children one to four years of age,” according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. And because this statistic exists, below are a few tips these agencies suggest you consider when you are out spending time at the pool or beach, by a lake or river, or coasting along any other body of water in a boat.
These safety tips are provided in the form of an acronym so that they are easier to remember and reiterate. All you have to do is remember is the word “splash,” which stands for:
- Supervision – Designate an adult to watch children at all times. Do not assume someone else is watching.
- Prevention – Wear personal flotation devices such as a life jacket, install fencing around pools, and use drain covers in pools.
- Look before you leap – Never jump into water without knowing how deep it is and what lies below the surface.
- Arm’s Length – Adults should be arm’s length to children in water and safety tools such as hooks should be nearby at all times.
- Swim Lessons – Knowing how to swim greatly reduces the chance of drowning. Classes are often available through Cobb County or even the YMCA.
- Have a Water Safety Plan – Have a plan in place in the event of an emergency.
It is also important that you prepare a first aid kit when going out for a boat ride or spending the day by the water. Some things Georgia Power recommends you put in your first aid kit include:
- Aloe gel for sunburn relief
- Triple-antibiotic ointment
- Pain relievers
- Waterproof bandages plus alcohol pads
- Hydrocortisone cream for insect bites
- Tweezers for boardwalk splinters
- Ear drops for swimmer’s ear
- Motion sickness pills for boat rides
- Hand sanitizer
- Insect repellent
- Chemical cold pack for swelling
Aside from protecting your children when playing in or nearby to water, you also need to be aware of the fact that boating accidents do occur. Therefore, you should never drink or engage in any reckless behavior that could increase the chances of having a boating accident transpire. And if you happen to be the victim of a boating accident or another person’s negligent behavior caused you to suffer an injury, consider speaking with an Acworth, GA personal injury lawyer at Imbriale Injury Law.
The attorneys here can explain what your legal rights and how you can pursue the compensation you need and deserve. If you would like to speak with a personal injury lawyer in Acworth or Canton, call 678-445-7423 or visit their site at imbrialeinjury.com.
You can also reach Imbriale Injury Law at:
145 Towne Lake Parkway, Suite 200
Woodstock, GA 30188