Recreational water fun is a big attraction here in southern Texas. Our gorgeous coastline, lakes, wonderful rivers and thousands of public and private pools offer plenty of ways to enjoy summertime water activities.
Unfortunately, enjoying water resources is not without risk. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports drowning is the fifth leading cause of unintentional injury deaths in the U.S., with almost 10 drownings every day. Water-related injuries need immediate emergency room care, especially submersion which can cause severe brain damage.
Put Safety First when Enjoying Water Activities:
• Supervision. It only takes a few inches of water to create a drowning hazard. Even if a lifeguard is present, monitor children closely - put down the cellphone!
• Skill level. Make sure children know how to swim and take lessons yourself to improve your ability.
• Swim safely. Always swim with a buddy and in designated areas only. Avoid alcohol consumption.
For safe boating:
• Laws. Obey all U.S. Coast Guard and Texas state boating regulations.
• Conditions. Heed environment and weather conditions.
• Life jackets. Did you know that 88% of victims who drowned in a boating accident in 2010 were not wearing life jackets (CDC)? Wear U.S. Coast Guard approved life jackets, especially those ages twelve and under.
• Avoid alcohol. Alcohol use affects judgment, balance and coordination, and its effects are intensified by sun and heat.
If you or any family member has been injured in a water activity or boating accident or any other type of personal injury, it’s important to get an attorney experienced in these types of cases involved immediately.
Call 210-999-9999 for your initial free consultation. Chris Mayo Injury Lawyers, injury attorney in San Antonio, can help you determine whether you need a lawyer for any incident or any personal injury case.