The League of Women Voters Mountain Lakes recognizes the importance of a conscious, consistent effort to keep residents and visitors safe while enjoying our beautiful lakes. Based on research into drowning statistics and lake safety best practices, and in response to an extensive survey of Mountain Lakes residents, the LWVML strongly advocates that the community of Mountain Lakes takes the following actions, which could greatly reduce the risk of tragedy:
1) Developing and implementing general lake safety education focusing on both summer and winter best safety practices for all residents including:
A) Targeted, tiered curriculum in the schools
B) Adult and parental education
C) Education programs for lakefront homeowners
Educational opportunities should include CPR training, the proper use of personal flotation devices (PFDs), awareness of lake rules and regulations, cold water/ice safety precautions, safe rescue procedures, boating safety, and other relevant lake safety issues.
2) Enhancing the on-site communication of lake safety rules and regulations, to include more visible signage regarding both warm water and cold water safety information.
3) Making available rescue equipment such as ring buoys, rescue poles, and emergency phones at key lake locations, and the use of the Borough’s motorized boat from Island Beach.
4) Increasing lifeguard hours at swimming beaches, as well as lengthening the guarded swimming season.
5) Continuing support of the summer programs currently offered by the Borough, such as the swim test, swimming lessons, swim team, sailing camp, and lifeguard program.
6) Encouraging communication from the Environmental and Lake Management Committees regarding lake safety.