Wednesday, May 18, 2016

4 Safety Reminders for Waterfront Home Owners

There's nothing like owning your own waterfront home at the Lake of the Ozarks! There's something truly special and unique about waking up every morning and being able to enjoy the Lake directly from your private dock. As the owner of a waterfront home in Sunrise Beach MO (or any of the surrounding Lake towns), however, you are responsible for doing your part to keep yourself, your family, your guests, and your neighbors safe.

In honor of National Water Safety Month, your Lake of the Ozarks real estate agents are here to offer a few important reminders for keeping everyone safe at and surrounding your waterfront home. 

Safety Reminders For Owners Of Waterfront Homes

1. Have Your Dock's Electrical Wiring Inspected Periodically
If the electrical wiring on your dock is not up to code, not grounded properly, or in a state of disrepair, it can create a serious danger for anyone swimming around or near your dock. If the wiring is not in good condition, it can send electrical currents into the water, endangering swimmers as well as marine life. Hopefully all the wiring on your dock is in good condition, but it is always best to have it inspected by a professional to make sure.

2. Store Plenty Of Life Jackets On Your Dock
Children ages 7 and under are legally required to wear a life vest while on the water, but it is a good practice for children (and even adults) to have life vests on - or at the very least, immediately accessible - when playing in or around the water. If your life vests are stored somewhere in your house, you or your guests may forget to bring them down to the water with them. It is generally a better idea to store them on your dock or in your boat (or both).

3. Keep Life-Saving Materials Handy
Life jackets aren't the only life-saving materials you should store down on your dock. You should also have at least one of the life-saving mechanisms typically seen at public pools, such as a rescue hook, life-saver ring on a rope, or a reaching pole. You can use this tool to pull a swimmer back to the dock if they are in need of serious assistance.

4. Never Let Children Swim Unattended
Even if they are strong swimmers, you should never let your children go down to swim in the Lake without adult supervision. Accidents can happen in an instant, and it is often impossible to see a child in need of help after he is already submerged under the water. For increased safety for your children (and added peace of mind for you), it is generally best to designate a responsible adult to supervise the children as they play in the water.

Contact Us To Find Your New Waterfront Home At The Lake!

As long as you follow these common-sense safety reminders, you should be able to enjoy a fun, happy, and safe season on the water. If you are interested in buying a waterfront home at the Lake of the Ozarks, contact Eagle's Nest Realty, Inc. today! Our experienced team members would be more than happy to help you find the property that will best meet your needs. Visit our website to get started:

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