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Posted on August 08, 2013

flip flops and sun hat in front of feet standing in the sand looking at the oceanWhether you’re spending your last summer days around a pool, ocean, or lake, these tips can keep you and your family safe.

Swimming can be a fun activity when the weather is warm, but it can also be dangerous when safety precautions are ignored. Drowning can happen quickly and silently. If you are spending your days around any body of water, these tips are crucial!

  • Follow the buddy rule. No matter what your age or swimming ability, you should never swim without a buddy.
  • Young children need adult supervision. Don’t turn your back on a little swimmer!
  • Sign your children up for swimming lessons. Strong swimmers are less likely to have accidents in the water. Start lessons at age four.
  • Swim near a lifeguard when possible. Beaches that are hidden away and less populated may be quieter, but the extra safety of a lifeguard-protected swimming area is worth it, especially if you have children with you.
  • Respect your limits. Don’t swim too far from shore. Tiring yourself out when you swim, especially in areas of deep water, could be very dangerous.
  • Watch the weather. It is not safe to swim when there is lightning. A good rule of thumb is to stay out of the water if you’ve heard thunder, even distantly, at any point in the last 20 minutes.

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