Stay Safe in and Around Water Summer is the most popular season for swimming, boating, water skiing, tubing and many other water activities. Have fun, but stay safe and prepared.
If there is an aquatic emergency, make sure you know how to respond.
- If a child is missing, check the water first. A quick response can prevent death or disability.
- Know how and when to call 911 or the local emergency number.
- Enroll in Red Cross water safety, first aid and CPR courses to learn what to do.
- Keep life-saving equipment handy, such as reaching or throwing apparatus, a cell phone, life jackets and a first aid kit.
Prepare a First Aid Kit
Bring a small first aid kit to prevent minor mishaps from spoiling your vacation, outing or event.
Your kit may contain:
- Aloe gel for sunburn relief
- Triple-antibiotic ointment
- Pain relievers
- Waterproof bandages plus alcohol pads
- Hydrocortisone cream for insect bites
- Tweezers for boardwalk splinters
- Ear drops for swimmer's ear
- Motion sickness pills for boat rides
- Hand sanitizer
- Insect repellent
- Chemical cold pack for swelling