5 Water Safety Tips for Human Rights Activists


July 22, 2020

Water is life, even for human rights activists. As they go on with their advocacy activities, you can’t miss a bottle of water on their hands or bags.

When fighting for environmental preservation awareness, they use water as an example to show the public, correct water usage.

In their homes, water is a priority than electricity. At the office, water dispensers all over are a clear indication of the amount of water they consume in a day.

Lastly, in the washrooms, without water, the public health officers will close the office indefinitely, for it poses health challenges.

With all these crucial water uses, it’s essential to check on the safety of the water at all times.

Having water for consumption is one thing. Its safety is yet something else.

Water safety is in two angles.

  • Water safety while around water sources
  • Water safety in terms of its cleanliness

Water Safety in Terms of its Cleanliness 

1. Use of water softeners

As a human rights activist, you must protect yourself against germs and bacteria from water. Besides, some of the water may contain some minerals which, when consumed in plenty has health challenges.  

One such example is the hard water; the level of impurities may cause yellowing of the teeth.

The mouth is a potent weapon for an activist. Once it’s interfered with, one loses their self-esteem, reducing their productivity levels.

Imagine a world without an activist. The government will selfishly pass bills without taking care of human rights.

They are the voice to the voiceless.

2. Treat water from the source

Water pollution, as a result of the industrial revolution, has made water sources unclean for human consumption as it is.

Therefore, the only way to guarantee safe water for your domestic use is to treat it before it reaches the tap.

Some of the standard treatment procedures include

  • Coagulation
  • Filtration
  • Fluoridation
  • Disinfection
  • PH correction

3. Exercise proper hygiene practices

You may have clean water reaching your human right office, but your level of hygiene is the primary water pollutant giving you water-related illnesses all the time.

Hygiene practices can be official policy, but individuals also need to go the extra mile and practice water safety measures for all users. Here are a few basic hygiene practices

  • Washing hands regularly
  • Closing the taps after use
  • Washing your hands after visiting the toilet

4. Improve sanitation facilities

Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) ensures all offices have sanitation facilities.

That is a plus, as an administrator, how well do you ensure your employees enjoy their time while removing waste products?

Use modern sanitation facilities to ensure proper waste disposal to prevent water pollution.

  • Water safety while around water sources

After a hard day’s work, it’s that time that you need to relax your mind and forget about the hassles of the day.

Swimming is always one activity to help you rejuvenate.

 As a water body, here are some safety tips for practicing to ensure your protection around water sources.

5. Wear a safety jacket while in water

Whether you are a good swimmer or not, always have your lifesaver jacket while around the water sources.

You never know when you can fall, or your mind fails you on swimming practices. The life jacket helps you to float, making it easy to save you.

6. Stay away from water pools

Any stagnant water is a health hazard. As much as from the naked eye, it looks clean water. In case you look at it from a microscope, you will see millions of germs and parasites that cause a health hazard.

If you can’t get health officials to clear it, then stay away from it too.

7. Keep your gadgets while within water sources

Digital technology came with all manner of devices to enhance communication and receiving multimedia content.

While within the water sources, it’s time to relax and leave these gadgets away. Let your family and friends know that its time you can operate them unless it’s a life-saving call.

The devices distract you from concentrating and detecting any danger on your safety. You don’t need it.

8. In case of a fall, relax, breath and float

Accidents and falls are inevitable. You can slip or drawn. Do you know even the best swimmers drown?

Some have medical conditions that can trigger unconsciousness, yet you are underwater.

You need a life skill during this time, first avoid panic, once you panic you get confused and can’t make a wise judgment based on the situation.

Ensure you are in control of your breath with a life jacket; it’s automatic you will float. Raise your hands to show you are in distress; someone will see you and come to your aid.

It is only possible if you are in waters that you can see people.

Water safety is a broad topic; human rights activists are not an exception like other humans.

Whether you are using water for consumption or while around water bodies, you have to practice water safety to save your life.

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