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Aug 10 2016

Headed to the beach or pool to beat the summer heat? Keep water safety in mind, the American Red Cross says.

People of all ages enjoy cooling off and relaxing in the water. But adults need to be vigilant and also make sure that kids know the safety rules before they get wet.

Here are some tips from the Red Cross:

  • Look for the lifeguard. Everyone should swim in supervised areas and no one should swim alone. Teach kids to ask permission to go near water, and never leave them unattended.
  • Life jackets are life savers. Young children and inexperienced swimmers should wear U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets when they're around water. But don't rely on life jackets alone. Children need to be under constant supervision.
  • Learn to swim well. Enroll non-swimmers in age-appropriate swimming classes.

Read the full list of safety tips on healthfinder.gov