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[av_heading heading=’Once the weather turns warm, it’s natural for kids to head for pools, water parks, and even Lake Michigan to cool off. But, every summer, children and adults die from drowning. That’s a fact. From Memorial Day through Labor Day 2017, 163 children younger than age 15 died from drowning in pools or spas. Nearly 70% (112) of those were children younger than age 5. ‘ tag=’h2′ style=’blockquote modern-quote modern-centered’ size=” subheading_active=” subheading_size=’15’ padding=’10’ color=” custom_font=” av-medium-font-size-title=” av-small-font-size-title=” av-mini-font-size-title=” av-medium-font-size=” av-small-font-size=” av-mini-font-size=” admin_preview_bg=” av_uid=’av-tmhlqzv’][/av_heading]
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#9 – Take A Friend, Be A Friend

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Whether you are swimming in a backyard pool or a pond, you should always swim with a partner. A cramp can hit at any time making it difficult to get out of the water. A friend can either help you or get help. Either way, never swim by yourself. For those friends who are not as skilled as you, keep an eye on them and encourage them to get out of the water if they seem a little tired.

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#8 – Get Smart

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Parents: Have your child learn some water skills.

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#7 – Pool Safety

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#6 – Water Park Safety

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#5 – Boating Safety

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Did you know that more people die in boating accidents every year than in train or airplane accidents?

If you are going on a boat, look at these factors:

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#4 – Let’s Talk Life Jackets (Personal Flotation Devices)

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#3 – A Word About Lake Michigan

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Lake Michigan remains the most dangerous of all the Great Lakes. In 2016, fatal drownings nearly doubled, and most occurred on Lake Michigan. In 2016, 98 people drowned from ages 9-75. Milder winters warm the waters quickly and draw people to the waves.

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#2 – General Rules

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#1 – Know What Drowning Looks Like

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During actual drownings, the victim:

Adults only have 20-60 seconds of struggling before they are fully submerged. Children have even less time. Again, please share this information with your loved ones. We look forward to seeing you and your children next  year.

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