New tips for summertime water safety

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by New Day Producers

KING5.com

Posted on June 20, 2012 at 11:00 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jun 27 at 4:15 PM

There's a little bit of good news to report--King County Public Health announced on Monday that thanks to prevention policies and continued education, the number of child injury deaths including drowning, falls and burns has dropped by sixty-two percent over the last decade.

And while the number of child drownings has steadily declined, you can never be too prepared when it comes to water safety.

Joining New Day, Tizzy Bennett from Seattle Children's gives us tips for keeping our kids safe this summer!

Open Water safety tips:

Keep Yourself Safe
•    Learn swimming and water safety survival skills.
•    Always swim with others.
•    Obey all safety signs and warning flags.
•    Never go in the water after drinking alcohol.
•    Know how and when to use a life jacket.
•    Swim in areas with lifeguards.
•    Know the water and weather conditions before getting in the water.
•    Always enter shallow and unknown water feet first.

Keep Others Safe
•    Help and encourage others, especially children, to learn swimming and water safety survival skills.
•    Swim in areas with lifeguards.
•    Set water safety rules.
•    Always provide close and constant attention to children you are supervising in or near water.
•    Know how and when to use life jackets, especially with children and weak swimmers.
•    Learn first aid and CPR.
•    Learn safe ways of rescuing others without putting yourself in danger.
•    Obey all safety signs and warning flags.

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