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Water Safety

by Tom Townsend, Denise Townsend Group

When it comes to summer, people think about vacations, no school and of course, swimming.  I grew up on a lake.  With the exception of a couple of Polar Bear events when I was older, summer was swimming time.  I was actually taught to swim when I was 6 months old!  Drive by any city pool and it's more crowded than a water park.  And water parks are as busy as city pools.  Lakes and rivers are full of skiers and boarders.  And it makes since that we like water.  We lived in water for nine months.  We are made up of 80% water.  We need water to survive.

Unfortunately, water claims too many lives due to accidental drowning and injury.

When swimming:

Take lessons, learn to swim.

If you are not a strong swimmer, use a Coast Guard approved life vest and floatation equipment.

Swim in designated areas.  These are generally safe and away from dangerous currents and rip-tides.

Don't swim in frigid waters.  Cold rivers with spring run-off are particularly dangerous.

Always swim with others.  Use the "buddy" system, even at places with life guards.

Never leave children unattended in or by water.

Take breaks.  Don't swim for long periods of time.  Before you get tired get to dry land.

Before jumping in, stretch.  Loosen up your muscles to avoid cramps.

Use waterproof sunscreen so you don't get burned.

Stay hydrated.  Swimming is exercise and it's usually warm out.


Around your home pool:

Install barriers like fences and gates to eliminate access.  This prevents curiosity and unwanted access.  In some cases, pool covers and alarms are designed and available to prevent access.

Remove ladders to above ground pools.

Remove pool toys so young children are not attracted to them when the pool is not in use.

Have safety equipment near by to rescue someone.

Learn CPR.


On the water:

Always use Coast Guard approved life vests and floatation devices when boating, paddling or float tubing.

Always be alert for other water users.  Make sure you are seen.

Know the rules of boater safety.


NEVER jump in to rescue someone unless you are trained to do so.  Reach a distressed person with a pool pole, throw line or toss them a floatation device.  Don't become a victim.

And NEVER mix alcohol with water activities.  Alcohol impairs your judgment and ability to do things correctly.


Stay safe and enjoy your summer fun!


Tom Townsend, Broker, SRES

Denise Townsend Group

Keller Williams Sunset Corridor

1915 NW Amberglen Pkwy #250

Beaverton OR 97006



Have a Safe Independence Day

by Tom Townsend, Denise Townsend Group

National Fireworks Safety month runs from June 1- July 4th. 

In 2012, 8,700 people were treated in emergency rooms due to fireworks injuries.  5,000 of these were between June 22nd and July 22nd.  On average, the 30 days surrounding the 4th of July see 60% of all injuries.

Now, I didn't mean to ruin the festivities for anyone.  If celebrating with fireworks, everyone needs to use common sense.  Here you go:

Purchase fireworks from respected and well- know dealers. 

Don't use or make home-made fireworks.

Follow the labels instructions. 

Do not alter fireworks.

ALWAYS use fireworks outdoors.

Keep water, a fire extinguisher and first aid kit handy.

Wear safety glasses.

Parents should never allow young children to handle fireworks.

A responsible adult should always supervise all firework activity.

Have a designated shooter organize and shoot your family show.

Alcohol and fireworks do not mix.  Save it for after the show.

Don't re-light a "dud".  Wait 20 minutes then dump a bucket of water on it, or use the hose.

Soak spent fireworks waste in a bucket of water before tossing them in to the garbage can.

Keep your pets locked in doors. 

Never have pets outside with fireworks going off.  Some get scared and run away.  Others "play fetch". 

If your pets get upset over loud noises, see your vet a few days before for some calming meds.

Follow your local laws.  Only use legal fireworks.


Have a great and wonderful 4th!



Tom Townsend, Broker, SRES

Denise Townsend Group

Keller Williams Sunset Corridor

1915 NW Amberglen Pkwy #250

Beaverton OR 97006



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