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How to Safely Enjoy Beaches, Lakes, and Pools This Summer

As summer 2020 rolls around, we must not only keep in mind safety during the time of coronavirus (COVID-19), but also general safety around bodies of water and boats. Keep reading for our favorite tips.

COVID-19 Safety

If you are going to the beach, be mindful that we are still in the midst of a global pandemic. Infectious disease experts recommend:

  • Staying home if you feel sick or someone at your household is sick
  • Skipping the beach trip if you are older or immunocompromised
  • Choosing a less crowded beach
  • Keeping 6 feet of distance between yourself and others whenever possible
  • Wearing a cloth face covering while you are out in concentrated areas
  • Washing your hands and using hand sanitizer regularly

Fortunately, coronavirus is less likely to spread in the open air and not likely to spread in open water. Infectious disease experts also told CNN that pool chemicals like chlorine and bromine can “inactivate” the virus. You do not have to wear a mask in the water, either! Just remember to keep your distance and practice good hygiene (please do not blow your nose or spit in the pool).

Beach and Water Safety Tips

Exposure to COVID-19 is certainly not the only risk you take at the beach this summer. Drowning is the 3rd leading cause of accidental death in the United States, so you also need to be wary of the water.

Make sure you and your loved ones know how to swim and follow some of these other tips from the United States Lifesaving Association and the American Red Cross:

  • Swim near a lifeguard
  • Swim with a buddy or have someone onshore watching you
  • Check-in with lifeguards and listen to what they say
  • Obey posted signs and flags (if you do not know what flags mean, ask a lifeguard)
  • Learn rip current safety
  • Never dive headfirst into unknown water
  • Use caution when bodysurfing (and keep your hand in front of you)
  • Wear a life jacket whenever you are aboard a boat

If you are heading out on a boat, we also encourage you to check out our Summer Boating Safety Tips blog.

Don’t Forget the Sunscreen

Whether you are in the water or sunbathing onshore, remember to use sunscreen. Without sunscreen, you could get a nasty sunburn or even develop skin cancer or other lifelong skin damage. Use a “broad spectrum” sunscreen with an SPF of 15 to 50 or wear clothing that covers your skin.

Drink Water

Being out in the sun can also cause dehydration rather quickly, so you should always bring a water bottle to the beach. Drink water regularly and avoid alcohol, as it will contribute to dehydration. Staying sober on the beach also decreases the likelihood of other accidents.

Avoid Heat Exhaustion and Sun Stroke

If you are feeling too hot, consider a dip in the water to cool off and get out of the sun. Drink cold drinks and avoid exerting yourself. You may need to retreat to an air-conditioned environment or grab a cold pack, as well. If you start feeling sick, ask a lifeguard for help or seek medical attention. If you are unable to cool down after 30 minutes, call 911.

Click here to learn more about heatstroke.

Know What to Do After an Accident

If you are injured in a boating accident or by someone else’s negligence, seek medical attention, and gather as much information as you can about the event and the parties involved.

Understand that you may also be entitled to compensation.

To explore your legal options, please contact Lauri J. Goldstein & Associates, PLLC today.

Call us at (866) 675-4427 or send us an online message to get started.