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10 Water Safety Tips for Steuben County

Summer has officially arrived and for many people around here, that means more time spent in and around water. Whether you’re boating at a local lake, lounging by the pool or visiting a water park, there are precautions that will help keep you safe while you make a splash!

1. Never swim alone.

This rule applies to everyone, even experienced swimmers.

2. Be alert at all times when supervising children.

Remove distractions, such as phones.  Take turns with other adults so someone is always maintaining constant supervision.

3. Get out of the water as soon as you see bad weather.

Remove distractions, such as phones.  Take turns with other adults so someone is always maintaining constant supervision.

4. Follow all rules posted

Follow all rules posted at a pool or beach. Listen to lifeguards and other authority figures.

5. Wear a life jacket

Wear a life jacket when boating or swimming in open water.

6. Don’t jump in to save a distressed swimmer.

Throw them a flotation device, towel or pool noodle and call for help. If you must go in the water, approach from behind to avoid being dragged under by a panicked swimmer.

7. Don’t dive in shallow pool water or in lakes or rivers.

You should enter water feet first, and know the depth of the water you’re in.

8. Stay in designated swim areas.

And, stay away from open water in your neighborhood, including ditches, ponds and drains.

9. Learn CPR and teach children to swim at an early age.

The American Academy of Pediatrics now recommends kids start learning to swim around age one, because early lessons cut drowning risk.

10. Have fun but play safe.

Don’t push others in or jump on others, and don’t play breath-holding games.

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