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Check Your Water Safety Smarts
Now that Summer is officially here, many people are cooling off in the pool! Whether it’s your own pool, complex pool, hotel pool, lake or any other body of water it pays to be on guard. Check out these reminders by the American Red Cross to be sure you know how to prevent accidents and what to do in case of an emergency.
Make Water Safety Your Priority
Always swim where there is a lifeguard.
Always swim with a buddy even if you are in a pool.
Never leave a young child unattended; a young child should always be supervised by an adult.
Always have young children and inexperienced swimmers wear Coast Guard-approved life jackets, but never rely on life jackets alone.
Wear a life jacket if you go boating because most boating fatalities occur from drowning.
Do not drink alcohol as it affects your swimming and diving abilities. In addition, it impairs judgment and coordination.
If a child is missing, always search in the water first because every second counts.
If you own a pool or hot tub, always be sure to have the appropriate equipment on hand, such as reaching/throwing equipment, a cell phone, life jackets and a first aid kit.
For additional information on American Red Cross water safety, see the following link: http://www.redcross.org/get-help/prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/water-safety.