Practice Water Safety 101 and Avoid the Need for Long-Distance Medical Transport
During a long, hot summer, there's nothing more enjoyable than spending an afternoon at the pool or the beach. But at MedFlight911 air ambulance, we sometimes see the dark side of that summer fun – serious injuries that often require intensive rehabilitation and care. Far too often, the patients we see who have water-related injuries are children, though adults can become victims as well.
You can reduce the risk of boating and swimming accidents and, in turn, minimize the chances that you'll need long-distance medical transport by brushing up on some basic water safety tips:
- Swim near a lifeguard. When you're at the beach, stay close to the lifeguard, so that if you do get in trouble, he or she will be able to see you and help.
- Stick together. Use the buddy system, especially when swimming in the ocean or at the lake. Don't leave children alone in or near the water, even for just a few minutes, since drowning can happen quickly.
- Stay sober. Drinking is the cause, either directly or indirectly, of many water-related accidents, including drowning and boating accidents. If you're taking the boat out, be sure to choose a designated driver. Don't swim if you've been drinking.
- Know your limits. Make sure you're aware of your limits when swimming. Don't take chances, and teach children not to over-estimate their own strength or skill.
- Take swimming lessons. Anyone who is spending time in or near the water should know how to swim. Even young children should take swimming lessons, and adults may also benefit from a class, especially if they're not strong swimmers. In addition, learning basic CPR and rescue skills could be a lifesaver – literally.
- Be cautious when diving. A diving accident can lead to a life-long disability. Before diving, check the depth the pool, lake, or other body of water. Never dive into an unknown body of water, since you could hit an unseen obstruction and injure your head or neck.
- Know what to do if you get caught in a rip current. Rip currents, or rip tides, are strong, narrow currents of water. A rip current can be difficult to get out of once you are caught in one – it will feel like you're being pulled further away from shore. To escape from a rip current, swim parallel to the shore, which will eventually lead you out of the current.
From everyone at MedFlight911 air ambulance, we hope you enjoy these last weeks of summer, and that you and your loved ones stay safe!
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