Swim in areas supervised by lifeguards.
Use the buddy system, don't swim alone.
Do not leave young children unattended near water.
Have your kids take a water safety and swim class.
Use U.S. Coast Guard approved life jackets.
Be cautious around natural bodies of water. Water temperatures and currents can be dangerous.
Avoid alcoholic beverages while swimming. Alcohol can affect judgment and balance and the body's ability to stay warm.
Source: American Red Cross
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