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Himelfarb Proszanski’s Top 10 Safety List for Recreational Swimming

Throughout the summer swimming is a popular recreational activity of choice. Many catastrophic injuries and deaths occur every summer when people are swimming. For this reason, Himelfarb Proszanski has established a Top 10 Recreational Swimming Safety Tips list, to ensure safety during this summer swimming season.

1. Children should never swim unattended.

Even if a child is a strong swimmer, children should never be swimming without adult supervision. It is extremely dangerous for a child to be swimming alone in case an accident occurs and no one is present to assist them. Most children are not strong enough swimmers to be swimming unattended and can become tired and weak very quickly. If a child becomes tired while swimming they may require assistance or aid. If the child is swimming unsupervised and require assistance, they could potentially drown.

2. If you are a weak swimmer, wear a lifejacket/flotation device.

If you are not a strong swimmer it is important to be wearing a lifejacket or flotation device to prevent drowning. Lifejackets can save your life if you cannot swim well enough to keep yourself afloat. For this reason, it is important for people to wearing lifejackets while in the water when they are not strong swimmers.

3. Take Swimming Lessons

It is also important to learn how to swim before getting into the water so drowning accidents are prevented. When children and adults learn how to swim they are protecting themselves from potential accidents occurring from not properly knowing how to swim. For this reason, it is important not to recreationally swim unless you have been properly taught to swim and feel comfortable in the water.

4. Never Stand too Close to an Edge

By standing too close to the edge of a body of water, it is very easy to be caught off guard and fall in unexpectedly. For those who are non swimmers, this can cause a drowning accident to occur because they are in shock and also cannot swim. For this reason, it is vital to not be standing to close to an edge close to a body of water so you do not accidently fall in.

5. Do not swim if you are weak and tired

If you are tired and weak you should not be getting into the water. When a swimmer is in the water while they are tired, they could overtire which can result in drowning. It is important to stay out of the water when you are tired because you could end up not being able to keep yourself afloat.

6. Swim Only in Designated Areas

When areas are designated for swimming, then it is acceptable to be swimming there. Safe swimming areas will be marked off by a rope or official signage, and if this is not visible then the area could be unsafe to swim in. When swimming in lakes, there can be heavy boat traffic and if you are swimming in a non-designated area, boats may not see you. Swimming in non-safe swim areas can cause accidents because you may not be visible to other boaters. For this reason, it is highly important to only be swimming in designated areas so you are remaining safe and visible when in the water.

7. Do Not Drink and Swim

It is also important to not be consuming alcohol while swimming. It is extremely dangerous to be swimming while under the influence of alcohol, as you are impaired and can potentially drown. Swimming under the influence of alcohol can cause you to lose control while swimming, causing you to drown. For this reason, it is vital to stay away from alcoholic substances while swimming to prevent drowning accidents from occurring.

8. Do Not Swim If Water is Too Cold

Hypothermia also can cause accidents to occur when swimming. Many bodies of water can be at a very low temperature, causing our body temperatures to drop while in the water. If we remain in cold water for a lengthy period of time, hypothermia can occur which can cause you to also drown. For this reason, it is important to inquire about the water temperature before swimming to avoid hypothermia from occurring. If you check the water temperature prior to entering the water, then you should be able to tell if the temperature is tolerable to be swimming in. By inquiring about the water temperature prior to entering the water, you are protecting yourself from hypothermia and potential drowning.

9. Do not dive in shallow water

It is extremely important not to dive in areas where the water is shallow because you can seriously injure yourself. By diving in shallow water you can strike your head which can cause a serious head injury, spinal injury or drowning. You must know the depth of the water and make sure it is deep enough before diving to prevent accidents from occurring. It is very important to not dive into the water without knowing the depth, in order to avoid head injuries.

10. Do not dive if you do not been taught to properly

If you do not know how to properly dive, then simply do not dive. Many people think they can attempt to dive, and end up seriously injuring themselves by not properly diving. For this reason, unless you have been properly taught how to dive, then you should not dive.

By following the 10 Recreational Swimming Safety Tips, then you are maximizing your safety while in the water. For this reason, it is very important to follow the listed swimming safety tips in order to avoid accidents and injuries from occurring.

At Himelfarb Proszanski, we are always on top of the law and ensure that our clients maximize their settlements; this is just part of the Himelfarb Proszanski Advantage™.


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