Many people spend their Memorial Day weekend at the pool. However, pool time can be dangerous if the proper precautions are not taken. An 18-year-old drowned at the Pickwick Lake in Tennessee back in April. That is why park rangers are giving tips that will help people stay safe in the water.
Park rangers recommend that you take note of the signs around the local lakes and ponds. Chris Hill is a park ranger. He stated that people need to be aware of the activities that are going on in and around the lake. He also stated that you need to be especially cautious when there are motor boats around. You cannot assume that the people who are in the motor boat will see you.
The holiday weekend is one of the busiest times of the year for state parks. There will be extra personnel at the state park. If an emergency happens, then people will likely be able to get help quickly. However, it is important to remember that most of the emergencies that occur can be prevented.
Chris recommends that you know your limitations when you are swimming. It is more dangerous to swim in a pond or lake than it is to swim in a pool. You should also put on a life jacket before you get in the water if you cannot swim. There will be a water safety training course at National Sanchez Park on July 1st, 2017.