If you have kids and live near the water, follow these safety tips.
Lock doors and put up a fence to keep unsupervised kids away from water.
Children who aren’t strong swimmers should wear Coast Guard-approved life jackets.
Discuss safety often. Explain the reasons for rules.
Only let children in the water if supervised by a responsible, sober adult who is a good swimmer.
Enroll your kids in swimming lessons. Have them practice in the body of water near your house.
Be realistic about your children’s abilities. Swimming in a pool is very different from swimming in open water.
Teach your kids about the dangers of aquatic wildlife and lightning.