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Keep yourself safe around water

Here in Arizona, summertime means pool time. It can be so refreshing to dive into the water and cool off when the temperature is 110 or higher.
But let us not forget that swimming can be dangerous too, especially for young children.
Here are a few tips, brought to you by the Red Cross, to keep yourself safe around water.

• Swim in designated areas supervised by lifeguards.
• Never swim alone, or allow anyone to swim alone. Ensure that everyone in the family learns to swim well.
• Never leave young children unaccompanied near water, and don’t trust a child to supervise.
• Avoid drinking alcohol. Alcohol consumption can make it hard to pay attention to things properly and can unbalance you.
• Make access to water difficult by installing a fence and using a pool safety cover with an alarm.
• Keep toys out of pool area as they can attract young children.
• Always stay within arm’s reach of young children and avoid distractions when supervising children around water.
• In case of emergency always keep a phone nearby when out by the pool.
• Take CPR classes so you can be prepared in case of emergency
Don’t forget that the best way to have fun is to be safe and prepared. Remember these tips and avoid any trouble around water!