Dangerous water: The Foundation reminds of the basic rules while resting near the water and swimming

The summer season is in full swing, and for many it is invariably associated with resting near the water. As part of the implementation of the national project “Safe Country”, the International Charitable Foundation reminds of the basic rules, so that the rest for you and your children will be beneficial, and most importantly – safe.
  1. You should swim only in specially designated and equipped places.
The list of beaches in Ukraine allowed for bathing, the requirements they must meet, as well as data on water quality inspections are available on the website of the Center for Public Health of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine, and this information is constantly updated. Particular attention should also be paid to signs or advertisements near water bodies indicating permission or prohibition of bathing. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the recommendations of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine on visiting beaches should be followed.
  1. It is safer to rest on the water in daylight, but not during the midday heat.
In order to avoid burns, skin burns, heat or sunstroke, it is safe to stay in the sun for up till 10 a.m. in the morning and after 4 p.m. Night swimming is not recommended, especially in places unfamiliar to you and not under the control of rescue and medical services.
  1. Be careful with air mattresses and toys for children.
Make sure your water accessories are safe. Control their proper handling, especially by children.
  1. Do not bathe immediately after eating and while intoxicated.
You can feel bad while swimming if you overate. But the use of alcohol is generally incompatible with resting near the water. Loss of vigilance will not allow to react adequately and quickly in case of danger.
  1. Do not bathe in too cold water.
The water temperature of 22-24 оС is considered optimal for bathing, although the issue of comfort is quite individual. Here it is necessary to be guided by features of own organism and a condition of hardening. Bathing in too cold water can cause hypothermia, convulsions.
  1. You do not need to swim for a long time, it is better to go into the water for 15-20 minutes.
Take intervals between baths. This will help the body adapt to temperature changes and relax.
  1. Do not swim alone or behind the restrictive signs.
Water is not a place for games and excitement. Do not take risks if you are not confident in your own abilities, and there are no people around who can help.
  1. Do not leave children near water without seen them.
The safety of children while relaxing by the water is especially important. NEVER leave them unattended near or in water. Teach the rules of conduct near water and constantly remind them, demonstrate compliance with these rules by your own example.

According to the State Emergency Service of Ukraine, more than 120 people, including more than 30 children, have died in the country’s reservoirs since the beginning of June alone. Among the main reasons – swimming in forbidden places and neglect of basic safety rules.

Remember! Recklessness can cost you your health and your life! Rest near water bodies safely! Take care of yourself and your family!