Summertime Safety for all Ages: In and Near the Water

In response to two near-drownings over the Memorial Day weekend, Montgomery County Fire and Rescue (MCFR) officials are urging residents to take proper precautions around the water and to keep a close eye on children when they are near any water sources. Whether you’re a seasoned swimmer or just learning how to swim, many water-related injuries can be avoided by knowing what to do and how to stay safe

That’s why MCFR and Montgomery Recreation have joined forces to promote the importance of water safety throughout the summer by offering a series of tips, including:

  • Learn to swim and never swim alone. One of the best things you can do to stay safe around the water is to learn to swim and to always swim with a buddy. Even experienced swimmers can become tired or get muscle cramps which might make it difficult to get out of the water safely.    
  • Teaching your child how to swim does not mean that your child is safe in the water. If you have a pool or are visiting a pool, protect your children by supervising them at all times and being prepared in case of an emergency. Consider designating a “water watcher” when children are participating in water activities.   
  • Seconds count when it comes to water emergencies. Keep a phone (cell or cordless) by the pool or nearby when engaged in recreational water activities so you can call 9-1-1 in an emergency.

Read the full list of tips.

CATEGORIES: Public Safety
POSTED AT: Thursday, May 31, 2012 | 8:00:00 AM |
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