Water Safety Tips

As the summer heats up, more and more folks enjoy recreation in the water, but that fun can put you or a loved one in danger if not careful.

The Naperville Fire Department’s Division Chief, Kevin Lyne, says in just the last couple of weeks, the water rescue team responded to several incidents, including residents falling out of their canoe.

He says if you want to canoe or kayak down the river, wear a personal flotation device and make sure it’s the appropriate size.

Turning towards retention ponds, Lyne suggests staying off the water’s edge, especially for non-swimmers, because every pond is different.

Some pond’s depths may increase gradually while others may have a steep drop-off so you can easily find yourself up to your shoulders in water if not careful.

Also catching swimmers attention, the danger of pools becoming electrically charged as seen in this viral YouTube video.

Lyne says community pools should be safer as they’re inspected regularly but if you have a private pool, you may want to have it inspected by a certified electrician.

Be it a river, pond or pool, if someone is drowning, it may not look so obvious.

“When they’re truly about ready to drown, they’re not going to have any energy left and they might just quietly go into the water without that much thrashing.”

If you do see someone drowning and you’re unable to safely rescue the victim yourself, call 9-1-1 immediately. The water rescue team then has a six-minute standard to which they expect to arrive.

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