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Water Safety Tips

May 23rd, 2012

Photo credit: Claudia Heitler

In addition to honoring the American soldiers who have died fighting for our freedom, the Memorial Day long weekend is also considered the unofficial kick-off to summer (summer officially begins almost a month from now, on June 20).

As many town pools open and lake visits get under way, we wanted to share some very important water safety tips with you. Drowning is the 3rd leading cause of accidental injury death worldwide, according to the World Health Organization.

Photo credit: Tim Binning

You may remember HTE’s story and interview with Olympic gold medal swimmer Anthony Ervin . While he’s working hard to try to make the Olympic team this summer, he’s also the national spokesperson for  International Water Safety Day  … and they’ve come up with this great list:

1. Buddy Up – make sure you never swim alone.

2. Know your limits – do not try to swim further than you are able to, or hold your breath.

3. Swim in safe areas – only swim when a life guard is on duty.

4. Life Jackets – wear a life jacket if you cannot swim and while on a boat.

5. Cold and Ice are not nice – do not enter cold water and stay off ice.

6. Reach or throw don’t go – to assist someone in trouble reach to them with a pole, broom or stick, you can also throw something such as a cooler or ball.

7. Follow the rules – when swimming follow posted rules and warning flags.

8. Never ever in bad weather – do not swim during storms.

9. Feet first – never dive into shallow or unknown water.

10. Learn to Swim!

HTE wishes you a good — and safe — long weekend.

Photo credit: Claudia Heitler

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