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Kids: Swim safely this summer!

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It's hot, and it seems the right thing to do is go swimming. While it is true that summer and swimming seem to go hand in hand, it is also true that approximately 2-3 kids under the age of 14 years old die from "unintentional drowning" each and every day.  Accidental drowning can occur anywhere there is water. Rivers, streams, and lakes may have obstacles such as rocks, deep holes, and fast moving currents not far from shore. In the ocean, there is the surf, currents, and rip tides to worry about. So, how can you enjoy the pool, lake, river, or ocean without risking your life? Here are a few things that might help.
Know the area you are swimming in.  Look for hazard signs. Check to make sure you are in an approved swimming area. This is especially important in rivers and streams where rocks, drop offs, tree snags, and tons of broken fishing line and lures are seen.Never swim alone. Always have someone with you. They don't have to be in the water, but they do need to …