Warmer Weather Prompts Safety Warnings For Water Activities

Warmer Weather Prompts Safety Warnings For Water Activities

CREATED May 26, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – In addition to summer cookouts and fun in the sun, the warm weather on Memorial Day brought out a lot of people at water parks across Middle Tennessee. With that, officials have warned people about the drowning risk that also increases this time of year.

Water parks have seen a big bump in attendance as the unofficial start of summer got underway. When the final Memorial Day weekend numbers are crunched, Nashville Shores officials said the park will likely have seen up to 12,000 guests come through their doors over the holiday weekend.

Officials with the Tennessee Department of Health have issued an early season safety reminder. Last year, 71 people died in drowning incidents across the state. With people turning to water activities to cool down in warmer temperatures, the risks of drowning are going up.

Lifesguards at Nashville Shores said they have plenty of staff on duty, but parents also need to watch their children. They said it can be easy to lose track of their children when it gets crowded. It helps to use the buddy system.

"It just takes a second, whether it's swimming with a buddy or swimming with the lifejacket. We always want someone monitoring everyone," said lifeguard Carter Noblin.

The health department also warned people before coming out to a pool or lake to take a shower to help prevent illness.