Herrington Lake Safety Tips

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Herrington Lake Safety Tips

Herrington Lake Safety Tips: This page is about providing you lake safety tips to stay safe as you enjoy the natural beauty of Herrington Lake. The water is deceptively deep and full of underwater hazards, but with a little common sense and awareness, you can enjoy a injury free day on the lake.

Herrington Lake Safety Tips: Swimming Safety

No matter how good a swimmer you think you are, no one is safe from drowning. Did you know that for every drowning in Kentucky, 5 more near drownings are treated in an emergency room. Please be safe when swimming in Herrington Lake by following these simple lake safety tips.

Drownings usually occur silently and victims are often believed to be playing in the water.

Myth: Drowning victims call for help…
Fact: Drowning is suffocation in water, it’s a silent death.

Myth: Drowning victims are alone when they go under…
Fact: Drownings occur in the middle of crowds. Do not mistake drownings as play, as victims try to push themselves out of the water.

Myth: Drownings don’t occur quickly…
Fact: Drownings can occur in as little as 20-30 seconds.

Myth: Victims are usually swimmers who went too far…
Fact: Victims of drownings are usually weak swimmers or non-swimmers who accidentally fell in the water.

Myth: Children are safe if they know how to swim and wear a personal flotation device…
Fact: Children can easily panic and forget what they’ve learned. No one is ever “drown-proof,” not you nor your kids.

Myth: If my boat sinks I can always swim to shore…
Fact: Your adrenaline is pumping, you could be disoriented and the water could even be cold, swimming to shore is tough.  Even strong swimmers, can be overcome by hypothermia in cold water and drown. Cold water is dangerous, and the shoreline may be farther than it looks.

To Prevent Drownings in a River or Lake, you should:

  • Always supervise your children in and around water. Don’t leave them alone, even for an instant!
  • Always wear a life jacket! California law requires anyone under 13 must wear a life jacket while on a boat.
  • Make sure the whole family learns to swim.
  • Never swim alone.
  • Learn CPR.
  • Look before you leap.
  • Drinking and swimming is just as dangerous as drinking and driving.

KIDS DON’T FLOAT, LIFE JACKETS DO!

Keep these tips in mind when fitting yourself or your child in a life jacket:

  • Personal Flotation Devices are not like clothes- you DON’T grow into them.
  • You must wear a life jacket that is Coast Guard-approved and the correct size for your height and weight to prevent drowning
  • Life jackets should fit snugly. The shoulders of the life jacket should not come up above the nose or ears when pulled up or it will not stay on in the water.
  • If your child’s weight exceeds the children’s sizes, you must purchase an adult-sized life jacket for them.
  • Life jackets are important, but they are never a substitute for adult supervision.

Herrington Lake Safety Tips: Boating Safety

1. Enroll in a Boater Safety Course. A person must be 12 years or older to operate a motorboat (including personal watercraft) 10 horsepower or over on Kentucky public waters. A person 12-17 years old shall possess a Kentucky Safe Boating Certificate Card or a certificate showing successful completion of a NASBLA approved boater education course.

2. Wear a Coast Guard approved Personal Flotation Device (PFD, life jacket) at all times when boating or on a personal watercraft. A properly fitted life jacket is snug, yet comfortable, and will not move above the chin or ears when you lift it at the shoulders. And remember that kids do what their parents do. Set a good example and show them that safety is important to you.

3. Stay away from alcohol while boating. Driving a boat under the influence of alcohol is illegal. Alcohol makes it difficult to drive safely, to see objects in the water, and to supervise young children so they are safe.

4. Practice active supervision as the best protection. Assign an adult “water watch” to supervise kids in or around the water always. The water watch person is totally focused on watching the water and be free from all other distractions. Touch supervision is essential for young children and those who are not strong swimmers.

5. Only swim in designated swimming areas. If you let your children swim in open water, it may be difficult for other boaters to see them. Also, make sure that you and your children don’t dive into the lake, because it’s usually too dark to see just how far down the bottom really is.

6. Throw, don’t go. If you see someone struggling in the water, find a flotation device to throw to them. Never jump in to save someone, because you could be pulled under, too.  

Conclusion

In this paragraph, I’ve tried to provide you with a dose of reality and some simple safety tips to ensure a fun day on the water.  Firstly, the only way to truly learn be safe on the water is to be aware. Secondly, I think common sense will go a long way to keeping you and your family safe.  Thirdly, and most importantly, ask us if you have any questions about being safe on the water. 

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