Summer Holiday Safety in the Lowcountry

children in boat

children in a boatFood and fireworks abound this holiday week and though we see a lot of both in the Lowcountry when we celebrate our nation’s independence, there is something that we will see a lot more of – water. We live surrounded by beaches, lakes, marshes and rivers. For many of us, it is the water that draws us in.

During the Summer season, we see boaters, fishermen and swimmers with cuts from oyster shells, bad sunburn and heat-related illnesses – all issues that can be avoided with the proper precautions. But one of the things we dread most is getting a call about a recreational water accident, near-drowning or drowning.

We all know water safety is important, but still more than 10 people drown a day in the U.S. according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This summer I urge you to make water safety a top priority.

Summertime should be a carefree, relaxed season whether you are on vacation or live in the lowcountry. So, be it using sunscreen, wearing shoes, or doing the sting ray shuffle, using common sense goes a long way toward ensuring summertime fun.

Some resources to swim lessons in the Charleston area can be found on the Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission website

By Dr. Daniel McMahon, a Roper St. Francis Physician Partners board certified family medicine physician