Be Safe And Always Think Water Safety whether in a lake or a swimming pool.
The MLRA wishes everyone a Happy and SAFE Summer!
Always think water safety and wear a life jacket when on or near water.
As part of the MLRA Lake Watch initiative, the MLRA added a “Water Safety Tips” section on the home page. Also as part of that same initiative we are going to continue to post articles and information about water safety on the MLRA website to help educate residents and visitors to the Lake about water safety.
Never Without My Life Jacket
– Canadian Red Cross
Please make sure that you read the posting below thoroughly and pass the information along. Also please make sure that any visitors that you may have to the Lake are aware of WATER SAFETY. You may save a life!
In cold weather you should wear multiple layers of dry clothing, a wind or waterproof outer layer and a PFD or lifejacket.
Cold water protection gear can also be worn. Some examples are:
Your skin and blood temperature in your arms and legs drop quickly
You start shivering
You may have trouble breathing and be unable to use your hands
The temperature of your heart, brain, and other organs drops gradually
You may become unconscious, and if you are in the water, you may drown
If your body temperature drops further, you can die of heart failure
What are the signs?
Poor coordination of movements
Slowing down and falling behind
Numb hands and feet leading to stumbling and clumsiness
Dazed, confused, careless or forgetful behavior
Slowed or slurred speech; slow response to questions
Decreased attention span
Increasing your odds
Try to get your body out of the water. Climb onto the boat. Haul yourself onto a log or dock. Grab onto a floating object. Cold water depletes body heat faster than air.
If you are alone and if you are wearing a Canadian-approved Personal Flotation Device (PFD), slow down body heat loss through the Heat Escape Lessening Position (HELP). The HELP position can increase your survival time by 50%.
Cross your arms tightly against your chest and draw your knees up. Remain calm and still. Do not try to swim. Unnecessary movement will use energy that your body requires to survive. Practice the HELP position with a friend in warm water!
If you are with other people wearing PFDs, everyone should ‘HUDDLE’. You may increase your group’s survival time by 50%.
HUDDLE with everyone’s chests and sides close together. Intertwine legs and extend your arms around the people next to you.
How do I prepare?
Wear a Canadian-approved Personal Flotation Device (PFD).
Some PFDs provide insulation against cold water.
Wear a whistle on your PFD or clothing. A whistle can be used to signal for help.
In cool weather, wear rain gear over and/or wool clothes under your PFD. Wool insulates even when wet. Wear layers of clothing and a hat. As much as 60% of body heat loss occurs from the head.
Carry matches in a waterproof container. A fire can help you warm up after exposure to cold or can help you signal for assistance.
Check with your local weather office before you head out. Be alert to changes in the weather that could influence your safety.
Be prepared. Don’t go out alone. Tell a responsible person where you are going and when you plan to return.
It is always a good idea to leave a trip plan before going out on the water. Always tell someone where you are going and when you expect to return. A trip plan can be left with your local Coast Guard, a marina, friend or relative. Do not deviate from your filed trip plan.
Know your craft and how to handle it in both calm and rough conditions. Do not overload.
Avoid the use of alcohol. It doesn’t warm you up and will interfere with your ability to make critical judgments.