Large Bodies of Water and Drowning Hazards

by Pool Builders on 08-09-2010 in Articles

Many Americans enjoy spending time in and around large bodies of water during the summer months. These spots offer good opportunities to cool off and spend time with loved ones while enjoying nice weather and relaxing.

Unfortunately, many of these large bodies of water present serious drowning hazards. In many cases, different bodies of water have different characteristics, so individuals should always be prepared for whatever body of water they will be swimming in.

One of the most common bodies of water to which Americans flock is the ocean. More specifically, many people visit beaches and spend time in and around the water at these locations. In most cases, individuals are only allowed to swim to a certain point in oceans, usually because of the lifeguard's line of vision or because of dangers that lurk in deeper waters.

Oceans tend to be shallow near the shore, so individuals can usually enjoy waist-high water levels. It is important to note, however, that currents and waves can easily envelope an individual wading in waist-high water, so individuals doing this should take note of this fact.

Another common body of water is lakes. Individuals often partake in water sports such as skiing, tubing, and wakeboarding in lakes. As such, it is important to always wear a life jacket when out on the water. Additionally, it is important to keep a constant eye out for others on the water to avoid potentially threatening collisions.

Finally, many Americans also visit swimming pools. Individuals in pools should always place flotation devices on their children. Individuals should also avoid deeper portions of the pool if they cannot swim well.

With any large body of water, individuals should never swim unattended. Even the most experienced of swimmers can succumb to accidents, so it is important to have another individual present.

In many cases, negligence is involved in drowning accidents. If your loved one drowned, discuss your case with the Chicago personal injury attorneys of Friedman & Bonebrake, P.C.

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