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Drowning is second leading cause of accidental death

With summer here, the Michigan State Police Lakeview Post reminds you to take extra precaution before participating in water activities.
Drowning is the nation’s second leading cause of accidental death, claiming the lives of over 4,000 people every year. Although all age groups are represented, children age four and under have the highest death rate due to drowning.

“With the proper precautions, drowning and near-drowning incidents are preventable,” said Trooper Keith Disselkoen. “To reduce the risk of drowning, it is important for parents to teach children proper water safety at a young age.”

Beach safety tips:
Swim in areas supervised by a lifeguard or adult.
Stay within designated swimming areas. Don’t swim near piers, pilings, platforms, docks, fishermen or tethered boats.
Never swim alone, and don’t swim too far from shore.
Heed warning flags at public beaches. Red flags mean no swimming because of hazardous conditions.
Children or inexperienced swimmers should wear a U.S. Coast Guard approved personal flotation device (PFD).
Pay attention to local weather conditions and forecasts.  top swimming at the first indication of bad weather.
Always enter the water feet-first. Never dive head first into the water.
Beware of rip currents and undertow. If caught in a rip current, swim parallel to the beach until you are out of the current, then swim to shore.
Do not mix alcohol with swimming, diving or boating.

Pool safety tips:

Never leave a child alone near the pool—not even for a minute to answer the phone or doorbell.
Designate a responsible adult to watch the pool as the lifeguard.
Remove pool covers completely prior to pool use.
After swimming, remove all toys from the water and deck to avoid attracting young children into the pool unsupervised.
Keep a phone and lifesaving equipment including a pole, rope and personal flotation devices (PFDs) by the pool.
Enclose the pool completely with a self-locking, self-closing fence with vertical bars.
Never leave furniture near the fence that would enable a child to climb over the fence and into the pool.

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