Top 8 water safety tips

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Our beautiful water, inviting beaches and the warm temperatures gets Blue Water Area residents thinking about how we can enjoy the unique resources our area has to offer. Whether it’s a trip to the beach or a dip in the community or backyard pool, injuries aren’t the first thing on our minds. Yet, drownings are a leading cause of injury and death among children ages 1 to 14, and three children die every day as a result of drowning in the United States, and many more are seen in the emergency room for near drowning accidents.

Following these key prevention tips can protect children from drowning.
1. Teach children how to swim. Enroll children in swim lessons as soon as they are ready.
2. Never leave children alone or in the care of another child in or around water.
3. Watch children when they are in or around water. When there are several adults present, choose one person to be responsible for watching and who remains in arm’s reach of the child.
4. Install fences with self–closing and self–latching gates around backyard swimming pools. Pool covers or alarms should not be used as a substitute for a fence.
5. Use Coast Guard approved life jackets. Make sure kids wear life jackets in and around natural bodies of water, even if they know how to swim.
6. Be aware of situations that are unique to open water, such as limited visibility, depth, uneven surfaces, currents and undertow.
7. Bring a phone to the pool, lake or beach in case of emergency.
8. Learn CPR and basic water rescue skills. Learning these skills may help you save a life.