Water Tips

Posted: Monday, June 11, 2001

The National Safe Kids Campaign recommends the following to protect children in the water:

n Children should learn to swim.Enroll them in swimming lessons taught by qualified instructors when they are ready, usually after age 4. If you don't know how to swim, enroll with your kids.

n Adults and kids over age 13 should learn infant and child CPR.

n Swimming lessons are an important step, but they do not make a child "drown-proof." Children need to learn other water safety lessons, as well.

n Always wear a U.S. Coast Guard approved personal flotation device around oceans, rivers, lakes or when participating in water sports.

n Always swim with a buddy. Swimming alone is very dangerous.

n Know how to use rescue equipment and where emergency phone numbers are located.

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