Use the tips below to keep you and your family safe in the water this summer!
- The best thing you can do is learn to swim. Inexperience swimmers should always wear a life jacket around water.
- Never swim alone. Try to swim in lifeguard supervised areas.
- Never dive headfirst unless the spot is clearly marked for diving and has no obstructions. Be very cautious in rivers and lakes at it is harder to see deep down where logs, boulders and stumps are located.
- Anytime you go out in a boat, make sure someone knows where you are going and how long you plan to be out.
- Inspect the boat and motor well, and make sure everyone on board has a life preserver.
- Check weather reports and stop boating if you see or hear of a storm.
- Set water safety rules for your family and make sure everyone understands them.
- Maintain constant supervision of children around any water environment, regardless of their skill level. Even shallow water poses a danger to your child.
- Adults and teens should take a CPR course. Contact your local fire department or visit one of the following websites to find a class near you: acprclass.com, cprseattle.com, cpr1staid.com or redcross.org/wa/seattle