Warm summer days are the perfect time to enjoy a fun-filled day in the water. Boat rides and sailing are relaxing ways to spend these hot months. Swimming is also a great way to stay cool and exercise. While relaxing on the lake or in the ocean, safety needs to remain in the forefront of your mind. Wearing a lifejacket or Personal Floatation Device (PFD) is one of the best ways to protect yourself from potential harm.
1. Wearing a lifejacket can save your life and/or prevent serious personal injury.
Although we often choose to ignore the fact, swimming accidents can be fatal. Ten people die from unintentional drowning a day. Individuals who do survive a swimming incident often have severe nonfatal damage (such as brain injury) that can affect their lives. Simply wearing a lifejacket when on the water can make a large difference.
2. Be a positive role model for kids; wear your jacket!
Some of us may hesitate to wear a lifejacket — “It covers my cute swimsuit,” “It looks boxy,” “I don’t like how it feels.” Wearing a life jacket can save your life, and that of your friends and children. Choose to “model” for others in your life by wearing a lifejacket. Kids, in particular, watch everything their parents do. Make positive lifestyle choices and teach them safety by protecting yourself when you are on the water.
3. Wearing a lifejacket relieves stress and anxiety.
Putting on a life jacket before being entering the water can alleviate stress and anxiety about potential harm. Individuals often worry about weak swimming skills and strong currents. Wearing a life jacket helps relieve these worries by providing added protection.
If, despite your efforts to remain safe, you or a loved one has suffered a personal injury due to a boating or swimming accident, contact Michelle Linka Law. We are here for you to discuss your legal options. Contact us at (416) 477-7288.