Water Safety

Twiggy loves the water, she wants you to play in the water and be safe! So here are some general hints.

When Twiggy was very little Lou Ann taught her how to swim. That's the best thing anyone can do to stay safe in and around the water. Twiggy always swims with a buddy; she never swims alone.

Twiggy always swims in areas that are supervised by a lifeguard. She reads and obeys all rules.

Twiggy tells all her friends that if they aren't good swimmers they should wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved personal floatation device (PFD) when around the water.

Twiggy wants you to watch out for the dangerous “too’s” – too tired, too cold, too far from safety, too much sun, too much strenuous activity.

If you are going to play in water outside pay attention to local weather conditions and forecasts. Stop swimming at the first indication of bad weather.
Use a feet-first entry when entering the water.

Enter headfirst only when the area is clearly marked for diving and has no obstructions.

Twiggy is the water skiing squirrel she knows the rules boating.

Learn to swim. The best thing anyone can do to stay safe in and around the water is to learn to swim. This includes anyone participating in any boating activity.

Look for the label: Use Coast Guard-approved life jackets for yourself and your passengers when boating and fishing.

Develop a float plan. Anytime you go out in a boat, give a responsible person details about where you will be and how long you will be gone. This is important because if the boat is delayed because of an emergency, becomes lost, or encounters other problems, you want help to be able to reach you.

Watch the weather: Know local weather conditions and prepare for electrical storms. Watch local news programs. Stop boating as soon as you see or hear a storm.

Twiggy loves the beach, when she goes she always follows a few rules.

She always wears Sunscreen with a sun protection factor containing a high rating such as 30. She tries to stay in the shade as much as possible in between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Drink plenty of water regularly and often even if you do not feel thirsty. Your body needs water to keep cool.

Twiggy always wears eye protection: Sunglasses are like sunscreen for your eyes and protect against damage from the sun. Be sure to wear sunglasses with labels that indicate that they absorb at least 90 percent of UV sunlight.

Wear foot protection: Many times, people's feet can get burned from the sand or cut from glass in the sand.