Swimming Safety

Staff Writer
Columbus Parent

Rising temperatures mean more opportunities for swimming — and more reasons for parents to keep careful watch on little ones.

Drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional injury-related death for children, ages one- to 14 years old, according to the American Red Cross.

The Red Cross offers the following tips to help parents stay safe around water:

• Maintain constant supervision of children whenever around water. • Avoid distractions when supervising children around water. • Have children or inexperienced swimmers wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket around water, but do not rely on life jackets alone — always maintain constant supervision! • Block access to unguarded, non-designated swimming areas. • Alcohol and water do not mix. Alcohol impairs judgment, balance and coordination; affects swimming and diving skills; and reduces the body's ability to stay warm.

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