BODY OF WATER SAFETY
The Central MA Regional Public Health Alliance (CMRPHA) and the Shrewsbury Board of Health would like to remind residents to take the necessary safety precautions when visiting local parks, beaches, and pools this season.
Always supervise young children around water: stay close enough to reach a child at all times and avoid distractions such as playing cards, reading a book, or talking on the phone).
- A drowning can happen quickly, and usually silently. Avoid alcohol while supervising children and before or during swimming, boating, or waterskiing.
- Always have a phone nearby in case of an emergency.
- Prevent injuries and drowning by swimming with a buddy and swimming where there’s a lifeguard.
- Always use life jackets and secure personal flotation devices - do not substitute air-filled or foam toys for safety gear.
- When enjoying natural bodies of water, be aware of the local weather conditions and forecast. Strong winds and thunderstorms with lightning can be dangerous.
- Watch for dangerous waves and signs of rip tides/currents. Also know and obey the posted warnings. For example, beaches often have different colored flags (red, yellow, green) to indicate beach conditions. Pay attention to lifeguards or posted instructions, and avoid designated “no swimming” areas.
- It’s always a good time to learn Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) especially if you'll be supervising others. Please visit the Red Cross website for more information.