Swim Safety

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More than 6,000 people drown in the United States each year. More than half of drowning victims were using alcohol or drugs. Use the following rules when swimming:
  • Learn to swim.
  • Never swim alone.
  • Wear a personal flotation device.
  • Don't push or jump on others.
  • Swim in designated areas.
  • Don't pretend to be drowning.
  • Never dive in any lake or river. Tree stumps, rocks and floating logs can cause serious injury or death.
  • Don't use inflatable toys, rafts or inner tubes as lifesavers. If they are punctured or a swimmer falls off, the swimmer could be in danger of drowning.
  • Swim near shore and away from boating channels. In heavy waves, it is almost impossible for a boater to spot a swimmer. A swimmer must be seen to be avoided.
  • If in a boat that turns over, stay with the boat; wait for help. Don't try to swim to shore.
  • If someone else falls out of the boat, try to reach the person with a pole, branch and/or paddle.
For more information visit http://www.redcross.org/prepare/disaster/water-safety .

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