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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