With high temperatures predicted across Western Washington this summer, Seattle Parks and Recreation wants to remind the public about water safety precautions. During the last four years, there were only five days in the month of June when temperatures reached more than 80 degrees. In 2015, June saw at least 15 days with 80+-degree heat.
Lifeguarded beaches opened in Seattle on Saturday, June 20. Since then lifeguards have performed 16 water rescues. By this same time last summer, only three water rescues were necessary.
Seattle Parks encourages the community to beat the summer heat at its public beaches, pools and water features, but wants everyone to enjoy the water as safely as possible.
Summer water safety tips:
- Only swim when and where lifeguards are present. For beach hours, please visit http://www.seattle.gov/parks/Publications/summer_guide.pdf.
- Parents play an important role in swimming safety for children. Parents should keep small children within an arm’s length.
- Wear a properly fitted life jacket.
- Evans Pool at Green Lake Park will host low-cost life jacket sales from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Saturdays, July 18 and Aug. 15. For more information, please visit http://www.seattle.gov/parks/Publications/summer_guide.pdf.
- Public beaches have life jackets on loan for children when swimming at the park. Ask a lifeguard for more information.
- Learn how to swim. Take lessons at a public pool or beach. For more information, please visit http://www.seattle.gov/parks/aquatics/docs/Aquatics_Brochure.pdf.
- Discounted swim lessons are offered at pools for those who meet low-income eligibility standards.
- Free weekday swimming lessons for beginners are offered at all beaches in two-week sessions. Visit http://www.seattle.gov/parks/beaches.asp for more information.