May is National Water Safety Month
May is National Water Safety Month!
With warmer weather in our forecast, you may be planning a refreshing dip in a pool or other body of water. As we head into summer, the City of Maple Valley asks that everyone make water safety a top priority!
Swimmers should keep a few safety precautions in mind:
- Don't go in the water unless you know how to swim; swim lessons are available for all ages
- Never swim alone
- Learn CPR and rescue techniques
- Make sure the body of water matches your skill level; swimming in a pool is much different than swimming in a lake or river, where more strength is needed to handle currents
- Swim in areas supervised by a lifeguard
- Don't push or jump on others
- Don't dive in unfamiliar areas
- Never drink alcohol when swimming; alcohol is involved in about half of all male teen drownings, according to KidsHealth.org
For more information about pool safety: https://www.poolsafely.gov/
For more information about water safety for lakes, rivers, and beaches, visit: https://www.doh.wa.gov/…/WaterRecre…/LakeRiverandBeachSafety