Ocean County Health Department Issues Water Safety Tips

Aug 08, 2018
Photo by: Jack Reynolds

What do surfing, fishing, water skiing and swimming all have in common? Besides being fun, they all take place in or on the water, said Ocean County Freeholder Director Gerry P. Little, liaison to the Ocean County Health Department.

“Water activities are great fun and a way to stay cool during the hot weather over the summer,” he said. “It’s also important as you are getting wet that you use common sense and drink water to stay safe and enjoy. The body depends on water to survive, and every cell, tissue, organ and system in the body needs water to function properly, so don’t forget your water!”

Freeholder Joseph H. Vicari, liaison to the Ocean County Department of Business Development and Tourism, said water-related activities are a key part of the county’s $4.6 billion tourism industry.

“People come to Ocean County because of our beautiful ocean, bays, rivers and lakes,” Vicari said. “We encourage everyone to enjoy the water, but please follow these simple tips to ensure a safe and fun summer season.”

Daniel E. Regenye, Ocean County Health Department public health coordinator, said, “As much fun as we can have enjoying our beaches and water activities, it is important to watch out for Mother Nature. You want to look out for signs warning that the water you swim in is not clean, as polluted water can make you sick. Teach your kids not to swallow water anytime. You also want to make sure you keep clear of objects in the water, like water plants and animals. If you see them, go the other way. We have all heard of the stinging jellyfish, which you want to beware of.”

Regenye offers some tips for water enthusiasts:

  • Do learn to swim.
  • Do take a friend along when swimming or boating, you never know when you may need help.
  • Do know your limits – watch out for the “too’s” – too tired, too cold, too far from safety, too much sun, too much activity.
  • Do swim where a lifeguard is present and follow all signs and warnings.
  • Do wear a life jacket when boating.
  • Do stay alert to the currents. If caught in a current, don’t fight it. Swim parallel to the shore until you have passed through it.
  • Do keep an eye on the weather. Summer storms pop up quickly.
  • Don’t mess around in the water.
  • Don’t dive into shallow water. If you don’t know how deep the water is, don’t dive.

For more information, visit the health department’s website at ochd.org or  phu2.org. —E.E.

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