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10 ways to stay water safe

10 ways to stay water safe

Spring is in full swing and it’s a great time get outside, explore and be active. Enjoying our rivers, lakes and swimming pools are great ways to stay active and have fun.

Make sure you make the most of your time in and around water by following these 10 tips:

Don’t swim alone

Always go with a buddy.

Stay within your abilities

Don’t go farther or into deeper water than you can handle.

Look before you leap

Shallow water, or underwater objects may appear deeper than they really are.

Don’t mix alcohol or substance use with water activities

They increase your risk of injury a lot.

Never leave a child alone near water

Remember, a child can drown in seconds in only a few inches of water.

Fence off your pool

Install four-sided fencing around pools with a gate and child-proof locks on doors.

Take a first aid course

Learn life-saving techniques including CPR and artificial respiration.

Wear a life jackets or personal flotation device (PFD)

Whenever you are on a personal water craft (such as a Jet Ski), paddle board or other water craft.

Look for (and read!) the signs

Read any posted signs and follow the safety information wherever you choose to swim.

Use caution near water

Falling into a pool or other body of water can be very dangerous.