Stay Safe in the Water
June 8, 2015
Pools are opening for the summer, and families are heading to lakes and beaches to get away from the hustle and bustle of daily life. All of this means more people will be spending hot summer days in and around the water.
Attorney General Leslie Rutledge issued today’s consumer alert to educate Arkansans about the importance of water safety and the risks of drowning.
“Each year, drowning accidents cause serious injuries and even kill Arkansans,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “We all need to stay alert while swimming at pools, lakes and beaches to keep ourselves and loved ones safe. These deaths are preventable.”
Attorney General Rutledge released the following tips to have a fun, safe summer around water:
- Actively supervise children in and around open bodies of water, giving them undivided attention.
- Consider formal swimming lessons for children.
- Teach children to swim with an adult and to never go near or in water alone.
- Inexperienced swimmers or those swimming in deep water should wear a life jacket.
- Consider fencing in residential and private pools. Some local ordinances require fencing.
- Steps and ladders to pools should be removed in above-ground pools when not in use.
- Ensure drain covers are up to date in pools and spas.
- Take the time to learn CPR and have a mobile phone nearby in case of emergency.
- Avoid alcohol consumption before or during swimming, and do not drink alcohol while supervising children in an open body of water.
- Check the local weather forecast before swimming. Strong winds and thunderstorms with lightning strikes are dangerous.
According to the Arkansas Department of Health, approximately 10 drowning deaths occur per day across the country, and many more drowning victims require hospitalization with their injuries resulting in severe brain damage.
The Arkansas Infant and Child Death Review reports drowning as the second leading cause of death in children ages 1 to 17.
For more safety tips, visit the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, U.S. Coast Guard, Arkansas Department of Health, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers or PoolSafety.gov. For information on tips to avoid getting scammed, as well as other consumer related issues, call the Arkansas Attorney General’s Office at (800) 482-8982 or visit ArkansasAG.gov or facebook.com/AGLeslieRutledge.