Water Smarts

January 4, 2012

Summertime is in full swing, and it's been heating up every day. With a least a few more weeks of summer fun ahead it's important you are aware of the importance of water safety. We have listed below some of the major items to keep in mind:

Never Swim Alone

It's important to "Buddy up!" That's what swimming instructors say. Whether you in a pool, beach, or lake, make sure you are not swimming alone. Even the most skilled swimmer can get a muscle cramp or fatigued, which in turn makes it difficult to swim to safety.

Get skilled

The best way to be prepared is to learning some life-saving skills, such as CPR and rescue techniques, Many organizations offer free classes Check with your YMCA or YWCA, local hospital, or chapter of the Red Cross.

Know your limits

Swimming can be a lot of fun, and it's tempting to push past your limits to continue with that good time. If are learning to swim, don't go in water that's so deep you can't touch the bottom and don't try to keep up with skilled swimmers. Even if your friends are pressuring you to keep up, just remember they would prefer you are safe and alive.

If you are a good swimmer and have had lessons, keep an eye on friends who aren't as comfortable or as skilled as you are. If it seems like they (or you) are getting tired or a little uneasy, suggest that you take a break from swimming for a while.

Swim in Safe Places

Swimming in an area with a supervised lifeguard is the safest plan. If you are swimming in the Ocean please make sure you are in a lifeguard protected zone. No one can predict the changes in ocean current, sudden storms, or other hidden dangers. It's important that a trained lifeguard is there in the event that something does go wrong.

Diving Dangers

Diving injuries can cause permanent spinal cord damage, paralysis, and sometimes death. Protect yourself, and only dive in areas known to be safe for diving. If an area is posting "No Diving" or "No Swimming" please do not ignore them. They are there for your safety. Always check the water levels before diving in.

Alcohol dangerous around Water

Alcohol is involved in numerous water-related injuries and up to half of all water-related deaths. The statistics for teenage men are particularly scary: One half of all adolescent male drowning are tied to alcohol use.

Homeowners take caution

If you are a homeowner with a pool on your property, it is important that you aware of all rules and regulations. Many states mandate a gate around your property, or pool, to protect children from drowning. You may want to think twice before you install the fun diving board. If you are hosting a pool party, we highly recommend having the small extra expense of hiring a lifeguard for the day. If someone's gets injured while in your pool you could be held responsible.

What to do in case of an accident

Swimming can be a relaxing, refreshing and fun way to spend the day. It's important to have at least one person to know "water smarts". Following the suggestions above will prepare you for the day ahead. But as we all know, even with the best preparation and practice of water safety, accidents happen. If you or one of your loved ones has been injured in the water, you will need to contact a personal injury attorney. A personal injury attorney will provide the support and guidance you will need during this trying time. Don't go it alone; contact the San Diego personal injury attorneys of O'Mara & Padilla.