State Police & Fire Safety Series #5: Swimming

State Police & Fire Safety Series #5: Swimming

(Michigan State Police, July 2, 2018)

Michiganders and visitors alike are urged to make safety a top priority in all seasonal activities while enjoying Pure Michigan at home or on the road. Summer safety tips from Michigan State Police Director Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue and State Fire Marshal Kevin Sehlmeyer will help ensure we have a great time and stay safe. Common sense, a watchful eye on the kids, and ongoing vigilance in every activity will help you and the entire family have fun and avoid potential mishaps or worse, tragedies.

Swimming

“Drowning can happen quickly and quietly. Children should always be supervised by an adult around pools or any body of water,” said Etue. “Always swim with a buddy and never alone; teach children to never go near the water without an adult.”

Never leave children unattended near any body of water or pool.

If you are around water and your child is missing ALWAYS check the water first. Seconds count.

Drowning is the leading injury-related cause of death for children ages 1-4; it’s the third leading cause of injury related death among children age 19 and under. 

Always jump in feet first to check the depth of the water before diving in.

Never dive in the shallow end of a pool or into above-ground pools.

Wear Coast Guard approved life jackets while on a boat or around an open body of water or while playing water sports.

 

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