Use common sense to prevent drowning

April 23, 2013

By Staff

As the weather warms up and people head to water to cool off, the King County Sheriff’s Office warns against common mistakes that may result in drowning.

The easiest way to prevent a drowning is to wear a U.S. Coast Guard approved life jacket, according to a press release from the King County Sheriff’s Office. Make sure the life jacket is appropriate for the wearer’s size and weight, and that none of the straps are broken, torn or rotting.

Overloading boats is another common cause of drowning. Large boats have a “vessel capacity” notice, which indicates the number of people and weight limit the boat can carry. It is important to know that a boat with a capacity of two people should not carry three, because two people are under the weight limit.

Dogs in the water are another common cause of drowning. If your dog appears to be swept away by the current, do not go after it. Dogs will usually be able to find their way to shore on their own, the release said. Also remember that the water is cold, and could lead to hypothermia.

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