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4 water safety tips from WFD

Jul 26, 2023 | News, Whitestown Fire Department

The Whitestown Fire Department wants you and your family to stay safe at the pool.

Check out this informational video:

Tip #1: Teach your children how to swim.

Ensure every member of your family learns to swim so they at least achieve skills of water competency: able to enter the water, get a breath, stay afloat, change position, swim a distance then get out of the water safely.

Tip #2: Don’t be distracted.

It only takes a moment. A child or weak swimmer can drown in the time it takes to reply to a text or apply sunscreen.

Tip #3: Know the signs of drowning.

Recognize the signs of someone in trouble and shout for help. A swimmer needs immediate help if they:

  • Are not making forward progress in the water.
  • Are vertical in the water but unable to move or tread water.
  • Are motionless and face down in the water.

Tip #4: Know how to help someone in trouble in the water safely.

Know what to do in a water emergency – including how to help someone in trouble in the water safely, call for emergency help, and CPR.

For further information, check out more water safety tips from the American Red Cross.

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