Six Water Safety Tips for Your Days On The Lake

Swimming is always a great way to beat the heat. Since the West Kentucky region boasts gorgeous lakes and rivers, it’s only natural for families to head to the water and cool off. That’s a wonderful way to spend your free time, but an accident can happen before you know it. We want your family to stay happy and healthy, so take a look at the following water safety tips before your next swimming or boating trip.

 

Always wear a properly fitted lifejacket.  

 

This seems like a no-brainer, but apparently, it’s not to everyone. More than 80% of drowning victims don’t wear lifejackets, so it’s a major factor in water safety. Federal law also mandates that children under 13 must wear lifejackets on moving boats.

 

Don’t drink and drive.

 

This rule applies in both road and water safety. In fact, it’s illegal to drive a boat while drunk, not to mention incredibly dangerous.

 

Know the signs of drowning.

 

Norton Healthcare lists these 10 signs:

  • Head low in the water with mouth at water level
  • Head tilted back with mouth open
  • Eyes glassy and empty, unable to focus
  • Eyes closed
  • Hair over forehead or eyes
  • Not using legs and vertical in the water
  • Hyperventilating or gasping
  • Trying to swim in a particular direction but not making progress
  • Trying to roll over on the back
  • Appears to be climbing an invisible ladder

 

Watch the weather.

 

You never want to be caught on a lake in dangerous weather. Water safety basics dictate that you should check the forecast beforehand for thunderstorms and other hazardous conditions and leave the water immediately if you see lightning.

 

Keep a life preserver handy.

 

Never jump in a lake or river to save a struggling person because you could be pulled under, as well. Instead, throw him or her a flotation device and pull them to safety. 

 

Follow the insurance rules.

 

Make sure you’re complying with all insurance requirements before heading out on a boat. Our team will not only help you get the right boat and watercraft insurance for your vessel, but we also can clearly outline your policy’s rules and regulations. Just give us a call!