Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Beach Season Arriving Soon!

Milford has a whopping 15 beaches, more than any coastal town in CT that I know of. This summer swimming and recreational season will be arriving here sooner than we all realize. We could expect everything from joggers, to bikers, to dog walkers, to swimming activity and a real busy beach climate.

This has me focusing on safety tips this summer season especially in lieu of the fact that there will be limited lifeguards on duty and more troubling some expected limited parental supervision. To avoid the potential of a very unpleasant summer, some things to consider is the hazards caused by excessive consumption of alcohol. Never operate any watercraft under the influence as the risk of injury to your self and others goes up exponentially. Adults please drink responsibly and keep your eye on the water for swimmers and floating hazards like buoys, lobster pots or lost water skies!

The next point is one I mention in memory of Stew Leonard's young child. Stew has established and run a water safety program located HERE I highly recommend that you take the time to learn about all the valuable information that is posted there. But the main thing to know this summer is never leave a child unattended by a pool or near water no matter how shallow or safe you think the situation is. Accidents happen when you least expect them and often under circumstances that parents can perceive as safe.

Let us all make this summer a safe one by doing our part in being vigilant and responsible in our water safety obligations.

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