This summer, don't forget water safety.

Swimming and pool safety tips

July 28th, 2016 by

This summer, don't forget water safety.

The summer heat has kicked in with a vengeance, so many are finding relief by taking a dip in local pools, lakes and beaches. But swimming isn't always all fun and games: According to the Canadian Red Cross, between 1991 and 2010 there were 525 water-related fatalities on average reported annually, with 57 percent of incidents occurring in the summer months. 

If you are thinking of heading to your local swimming hole, consider these water safety tips:

  • Always swim under the supervision of lifeguards. 
  • Avoid deep waters if you are not a strong swimmer.
  • Recognize the difference between a local pool and an ocean; the ocean has tides that can be difficult to fight, even for a strong swimmer. 
  • In natural bodies of waters (as opposed to pools) keep an eye out for wildlife, fish and plants that might make it harder to swim. 
  • Do not jump or dive into waters where the bottom is not visible. This could result in serious injury or even death. 
  • Make sure kids are always supervised and that they ask permission before going into the water.
  • Young children should be fitted with an age-appropriate floatation device.
  • Never run around a pool. 
  • If the weather starts to turn cloudy, get out of the water. Lighting striking near a body water can send a current of electricity directly through the water. 

If you are a homeowner who has an on-site pool, this pool may affect your homeowners insurance coverage. Pools represent a liability that should be built into your coverage. Contact Fundy Mutual today to find out more.