Presbyterian | Your Story | Centennial Care | Summer 2024

4 Water safety Talk to a primary care provider (PCP) before engaging in any water activity while taking medication for anxiety or other mental health issues. Certain medications may interfere with your balance, coordination, and judgment, making swimming difficult. Learn how to swim. You and your children must learn to swim. Drowning is one of the leading causes of death in children ages one to four. Use the buddy system. Bring a friend when you head into the water. Check for hazards. While the water at the beach may look inviting, be aware of your surroundings. And always keep an eye out for the weather and potential hazards, like strong currents. Exercise caution. Follow the rules of the beach or pool. Stay within your depth and comfort level in the water, and swim in designated areas only. Wear a life jacket. Flotation devices, such as life jackets, can save lives. Do not rely on air-filled or foam toys such as water wings, noodles, or inner tubes, as these are not certified safety devices. There is no better way to stay cool, have a fun time with family, and be active in hot months than water recreation. Water parks, pools, lakes, and beaches are great summer destinations. Stay safe and enjoy the water by following these safety tips: 101