During the hot summer months in San Jose, many families plan frequent trips
to the beach to cool off and unwind. Although the beach is a top destination
for recreation and relaxation, it’s important to keep in mind that
the water can cause tragedy in the blink of an eye. Follow basic
water safety guidelines to keep your family safe and reduce the possibility of an unexpected
trip to the emergency care department at Regional Medical Center of San Jose.
If you have young children, you might consider enrolling them in age-appropriate
formal swimming lessons. Swim lessons are no substitute for constant adult
supervision and they aren’t a foolproof way to completely prevent
the possibility of requiring emergency care. However, they can help keep
kids safe in and around the water.
When your family heads to the beach, you should always
confirm that a lifeguard is on duty before going down to the surf. Make sure your family stays within the
designated areas patrolled by lifeguards.
Adult supervision is a must when children are around bodies of water, even
when lifeguards are nearby. Supervising young children at all times can
help prevent accidental drownings. If a near-drowning event does occur,
adults can quickly step in and call for emergency care responders.
Adolescents and adults aren’t immune to accidental drownings, either.
You can improve your safety by using the buddy system, even at a beach
patrolled by lifeguards. The buddy system is particularly important when
there are large groups of people at the beach. During peak swimming hours,
it can be difficult for lifeguards to keep their eyes on everyone at all times.
The emergency care team at
Regional Medical Center of San Jose wishes our neighbors a safe and fun summer season. If an accident does
occur, our emergency care team is always on standby to save lives. Call
911 for medical emergencies; general health care questions may be directed
to a registered nurse in San Jose at (888) 762-8881.