Stay safe this summer
Posted on: Wed 9 Dec 2020
Its beach weather and many Australians will be spending summertime submerged in some sort of water, whether it be at the beach, the quarry or the pool.
Although this is a time for relaxation and fun times, we should not be complement of our safety.
Over the past year, it is evident that South Australian men are clearly taking risks and overestimating their swimming abilities. In people aged 25 to 44, 9 out of every 10 drownings in the past 12 months were males.
Royal lifesaving research has found alcohol consumption is clearly a major contributor to drowning with almost 1 in 5 of fatal drownings amongst men aged 25 to 44 involved a blood alcohol content of 0.05% or more.
It is important to understand your swimming abilities and avoid risk taking behaviour. Avoid alcohol if you are planning to swim, wear a life jacket when boating, kayaking or canoeing and avoid swimming alone.
Produced by Kate Johnson
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