Tuesday, May 15, 2012

10 Tips for a Safe Summer on Deep Creek Lake!

Summer is a beautiful and active time of year on Deep Creek Lake!  Bright blue skies, endless greenery and our refreshing lake give us all a few extra reasons to head outdoors and enjoy our natural surroundings.  It’s also one of the busier times of year as guests and families visit current residents or find their own retreat on Deep Creek Lake.  All in all, summer on Deep Creek Lake is a vibrant and fun season!
With Memorial Day weekend just around the corner, it seems the kick off to the summer season is almost here.  Whether you enjoy swimming, boating, fishing or skiing; you’re most likely planning on being out on Deep Creek Lake soon.  And, as Deep Creek Lake Real Estate agents here at Coldwell Banker Deep Creek Realty, we want to make sure everyone has a safe and happy summer.  
Before you head out on the lake, be sure to review the following safety tips with those in your Deep Creek Lake home!
10 Lake Safety Tips:
1. Supervision – Never turn your back on your child around water. It takes just seconds for a child to be in serious trouble. If you have children swimming in Deep Creek Lake;  it’s important to have at least one adult watching them at all times. Segment the supervision responsibilities so there are never questions about which adult is “on duty”.
2.  Bright Colors – Dress your child in bright colors when going to the lake or a more crowded area around Deep Creek Lake. Use a bright color so all family members have a consistent image of what the child is wearing.
3.  Pictures – When venturing out to any of the activities on or around Deep Creek Lake; make sure you have a recent picture of each child in your group.  This way, if one of the children wanders off, you have a reference to show people when asking about the child.
4.  Cell Phones – Your cell phone is VERY important. You may want to protect it from the water by putting it in plastic bag, but make sure you always have it on you and completely charged.
5.  Survival Swimming – Before the children begin swimming in Deep Creek Lake, be sure to go over the basic survival tips in case they were to go unnoticed in the lake and need help.  Go through treading water techniques and a system of signaling for help if they find themselves in trouble. It may be a good idea to attach a whistle to a bracelet for each child to wear in the water. Self-Rescue swimming is an added layer of protection.
6.  Dock Safety – Have a hook, rope and throw ring attached to the dock that can be used at a moments notice. Teach and practice their use and make sure each child understand the importance of using them only in times of emergency and not as a toy.
7.  Rope off a wading/swimming area – Begin at the shore and extend a rope out to a depth of your choice. Allow your children to swim off of the shore ONLY in this area. It reduces where you might have to search, and provides a safe limit that makes everyone more comfortable.
8.  Go no further line – Paint a ‘go no further line’ 2.5 feet in from all edges of the dock. Teach young children to hold an adult’s hand between that line and the edge of the dock.
9.  Life Jackets – Life jackets must be worn in a boat at all times and around the water for children who don’t know how to swim. However, life jackets are not a substitute for adult supervision. When picking out a life jacket, please read the warning labels as some of them will not float a child face-up, and make sure the life jacket fits the child well.
10.  Floaties – Flotation devices such as floaties, inflatable rings, etc., can often times provide a false sense of security for parents and children. These items can easily deflate or fall off your child’s arm leaving them in a potentially dangerous situation.  While these are fun to play with and use, make sure you’re still taking every precaution for safety by watching your child.
Thanks for taking the time to review these invaluable safety tips!  It’s important that we all help each other keep safety as our number one priority, and we hope these tips were a great refresher before the summer season.  
If you’re planning on visiting Deep Creek Lake this summer, or are interested in buying a vacation home or permanent residence on Deep Creek Lake; let us know!  Our team of experienced Deep Creek Lake Real Estate agents would be happy to answer your questions about living on Deep Creek Lake and show you some of the Deep Creek Lake homes currently available.
We look forward to meeting you!

Patrick Kane
Sales Manager/Co-Owner
Coldwell Banker Deep Creek Realty
Your Deep Creek Lake Real Estate Expert

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