Have Fun at the Beach, But Stay Safe!
The swimming conditions in Lake Erie can be very different than those of a pool or a pond. There are waves, currents, sand bars, drop offs and other factors that should be taken into consideration. Each are explained below.
Wear life jackets at the beach if you don’t know how to swim and during big waves.
Keep hydrated. On hot days, you are losing water through your skin and the water needs to be replaced.
Lake Erie’s bottom is not flat. Sudden drop offs from raised sandbars can occur. Waist deep water is a good rule of thumb for playing with friends.
Currents in Lake Erie can be dangerous!
Any current flowing faster than 2 mph is considered dangerous. Dangerous currents can exceed 5 mph — faster than an Olympic swimmer can swim.
Currents can pull swimmers away from shore.
Structures can create dangerous currents.
If you get caught in current, flip on your back, float and follow the safest course to safety.
Learn the signs of drowning.
If you see someone who needs help:
Throw anything that floats to them, like a life ring, life jacket, cooler or inflated beach toy.
Seek help from park staff, friends or others at the beach and call 911.
Shout to the person in danger, and direct them to flip on their back and float until someone can assist them, or they can swim out of the current toward shore
AAA Foundation for Safety Finds Alcohol, Marijuana Users Take Greater Risks
(AAA Motorist Northeast Ohio Region)
Impaired drivers are among the most dangerous on our highways. They are more likely to speed, text, run red lights, and drive more aggressively than drivers who are not impaired, according to data from AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.
The AAA Foundation’s Annual Traffic Safety Culture Index found that drivers, who use alcohol and marijuana, were significantly more prone to driving under the influence alcohol versus those who only drank alcohol and used marijuana in the past 30 days, and in some cases, they might have used both at the same time.
They also engage in other dangerous driving behaviors more often than those who either just drink alcohol or abstain from drinking alcohol or using marijuana.
Alcohol & Marijuana Alcohol Only
Speeding on
residential streets
Aggressive driving
52% 28%
Red-Light running
48% 32%
Texting while driving
40% 21%
Government data shows that alcohol and marijuana are the most widely used drugs in the USA with 139.8 million people aged 12 or older reported drinking alcohol in the past month and 43.5 million reported to have used marijuana in the past year. Additionally, 16 states and Washington DC have legalized marijuana for recreational use. And, this year 15 state legislatures are considering medical or adult-use marijuana legalization bills.
“Marijuana can inhibit concentration, slow reaction times and cloud judgement, according to Jake Nelson, AAA Director of Traffic Safety Advocacy and Research, “It’s effects vary by individual, but several studies, including the one that AAA released in 2020, have concluded that marijuana use impairs the ability to drive safely.”
Bottom line, there are lows to getting high. Don’t get behind the wheel if you are not “clean and sober.” Call a cab, use public transportation, or dial up a ride sharing service like Uber or Lyft.
The Hidden Dangers of ESD (Electric Shock Drowning)
Electric Shock Drowning occurs when stray electric current enters the water and enters the human body with a sufficient amount of current to cause paralysis, leaving the victim immobilized and resulting in drowning. In many instances, people trying to assist the drowning person are also shocked, making rescue difficult.
Electric Shock Drowning occurs at marinas or docks when the electricity enters the water from the wiring of the dock or marina, or from boats that are connected to the marina's shore power. Experts advise not to swim at least 150 feet from where boats that are docked.
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