14 Lake Erie "Beach Safety Tips"
April 08, 2010
Please read the following beach safety regulations. Understand that the “Beach Safety Tips” listed below are not a guarantee of your safety. By entering the water, you assume all risks not only for yourself but for your family as well.
- Do not enter the lake if you can’t swim.
- Know your own swimming ability and fitness level.
- Never swim alone.
- Stay within the designated swimming area and ideally within the visibility of other swimmers.
- Do not depend on flotation devices, such as inflatable rafts, as you can lose them in large waves.
- Be aware of rip currents. If you should get caught in a current, don’t try to swim against it. Swim parallel to shore until clear of the current.
- If you get into trouble in the water, stay calm. Call or wave for help, float and wait for assistance.
- Use common sense – if the waves look dangerous…they probably are.
- Watch children carefully and constantly. It only takes a couple of minutes for them to be knocked down by even the smallest wave and pulled out by a current.
- Wear foot protection. Sandals and shoes prevent feet from getting burned on the hot sand or cut from glass or sharp shells in the sand.
- Do not dive into unknown water or shallow breaking waves. Always go feet first to avoid serious injuries.
- Do not swim under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
- Check the weather and beach quality report before you go out.
- Seek shelter in case of a storm. Get out of the water. Get off the beach in case of lightning.
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