Preventing Lake-related Accidents

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  • There is no substitute for the supervision of a responsible adult.
  • Always keep children in your direct line-of-sight – always.
  • Always wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved personal flotation device when on a boat, near open bodies of water or when participating in water sports. Air-filled swimming aids, such as “water wings” are not considered safety devices and are not substitutes for personal flotation devices.
  • It is currently against the law for children ages 16 and under to operate a personal watercraft.
  • Never enter a lake if you see “Caution” or “Prohibited” signs.
  • Make sure that you are in a “Designated Swimming Area” before entering the water.
  • Plunging headfirst into the water is dangerous, even deadly because it’s often hard to determine how deep the water is and there are hidden dangers underwater, such as trees and rocks.

Facts and statistics were taken from The American Academy of Pediatrics Policy statement on ‘Drowning in Infants, Children and Adolescents,’ The Center for Disease Control Statistics on Unintentional Drownings and the National “Safe Kids” Worldwide program.