Pool and water safety include many factors, and as the Fourth of July nears, we wanted to remind people about one of the most overlooked, yet dangerous ones.

During most summer BBQs, guests and pool owners alike love to escape the heat by jumping in the pool and enjoying some games or simply spending some time in the water. When the BBQ involves mostly adults, often alcohol is involved. While most adults are responsible enough to know not to drink and drive, very few know that drinking and swimming can be a deadly combination. In fact, drowning is in the top ten causes of accidental death among 25-54 year-olds —and alcohol is often involved.

Experts say not to take water safety lightly. If you’re going to drink, swim first and then enjoy your dinner and drinks. Or, just like with driving, allow yourself time for your body to digest the alcohol before getting in the pool.

If you’re planning on going to the lake or beach, being careful with alcohol and taking water safety seriously will save even more lives.

Remember that drinking:

  • Impairs your vision and depth perception
  • Makes you move more slowly
  • Makes it harder for you to stay warm in the water

Be responsible and everyone will have fun this summer!



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