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Water Safety Tips

According to the American Red Cross, swimming is the most popular summer activity.
Summer is a great time to get active and enjoy outdoor activities. A favorite American past time, of course, is swimming.

While it's fun, it's also important to remember that safety should be a priority.

Scott Jesko, Special Events Director for the Amarillo Town Club says, "With summer ramping up, kids are going to be outside in pools, lakes and rivers so as a parent it's important to remember a few safety rules. First good rule is to always supervise you own children even if they're at a public pool with lifeguards on duty. It's always a good idea to keep an eye on your kids."

Drowning can happen when you least expect it. According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 10 people die every day from unintentional drowning in the United States, making it the fifth-leading cause of unintentional injury death.

Scott says, "Drowning is the number one cause of accidental death of kids ages 5 and under, and it's the leading cause of death ages 14 and under. It's very important to teach your kids about water safety."

Jesko recommends that swimmers stay away from pool drains and learn CPR in case of an emergency.

Scott says, "If you find yourself in a dangerous situation as a swimmer, the first thing you need to do is raise your hand and show you're in distress. Most people on the verge of drowning can't call out for help, so by raising you hand or waving your hands in the air will get somebody's attention."

Take a step towards water safety by preventing unsupervised access to the water

Scott explains, "Another good general rule is to create a safety barrier to keep the kids from wandering into the water, so if you have a pool in your backyard, it's good to keep it locked up or have a fence around it."

And remember to never swim alone.

"In lakes and rivers we encourage people to swim in pairs, and again keep an eye on kids," Scott says.

Jesko also recommends enrolling in swimming lessons.

"Number one, in my opinion, is swim lessons. Teach your kids to swim. They can handle themselves in the water. They can make good decisions around the water and they can understand general water concerns and now what to be on the lookout for."

For more water safety information, visit the American Red Cross website by clicking here
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