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May is National Water Safety Month

Post Date:05/09/2019 7:10 PM

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

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