Water safety tips for adults and children

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Each day, two children die in the US from drowning, but thankfully, there are ways parents and loved ones can protect children around water.

Temperatures are climbing around the country and many families are taking to the water for a little relief.  But, as you cool off, it’s important to take precautions to reduce the risk of drowning whether you’re at the pool, lake, or ocean.

The top priority is making sure children are properly supervised by an alert adult.  Most drownings occur quickly and quietly with little or no yelling or splashing.  The CDC suggests people learn CPR to help out in case of an emergency.

And, though it may seem obvious, adults and children should know how to swim.  But, even if your child is a strong swimmer, it’s a good idea to use the buddy system.  Experts recommend that weak swimmers use life jackets as well as all boaters, adults and children.

If you have a backyard pool, it’s important to install fencing and locks and consider a pool alarm or cover.  If you have small children, remove toys after swimming to prevent them from jumping in to retrieve them when unsupervised. 

Swimming is great exercise and being safe can make for a great day of fun in the sun.

–Holly Firfe

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