On the Water
Whether you are soaking up the sun at Lake Arrowhead, Lake Wichita, the Red River, or a trip to PK as pictured above, here are some safety tips to keep the summer memory from turning tragic in natural water environments.
- Wear a life jacket! Employ layers of protection including barriers to prevent access to water and close supervision of children to prevent drowning. Even kids that are strong swimmers should wear a life jacket in natural water.
- Ensure every member of your family knows basic survival swim safety: able to enter the water, get a breath, stay afloat, change position, swim a distance then get out of the water safely.
- Wear water shoes to avoid hazards, such as dams, underwater obstacles, or rocks and debris including fish hooks and glass.
- Be aware of other people’s activities in the same waters, such as boating.
- Enter the water feet first for your safety! Always enter unknown or shallow water cautiously. Dive only in water clearly marked as safe for diving, at least 9 feet deep with no underwater obstacles.
- Swim sober.
- Supervise others sober and without distractions, such as reading or talking on or using a cell phone.
- Swim/kayak with a buddy.
- Know what to do in a water emergency – including how to help someone in trouble in the water safely, call for emergency help, and CPR.