Swim Safely This Summer

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Swimming is a great way to beat the summer heat and it is a fun way to get exercise. Whether you are swimming in your own backyard pool, in your family or neighbor’s pool, or in a natural body of water, follow these tips to keep this popular summer pastime safe:

  • Never swim alone! Even experienced or strong swimmers might need help.
  • Do not leave young children or non-swimmers unattended.
  • Encourage children and other non-swimmers to use life jackets or other approved flotation devices.
  • Sign up for swimming lessons—you are never too old or too young to learn how to swim!
  • Do not jump or dive into the shallow end of a pool.
  • Keep away from pool drains, pipes, or other openings to avoid entrapments.
  • Always keep a phone nearby.
  • Learn CPR. It’s a lifesaving skill, literally.
  • Install a fence, with self–closing and self–latching gates, around backyard swimming pools. Check local ordinances or laws to make sure you are in compliance.
  • Avoid drinking alcohol before or during swimming and while supervising children.
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