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Swimming is a great activity – especially in the Oklahoma heat. While swimming may provide a temporary cool down and fun summer activity for the entire family, it also comes with risk.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional injury death for children ages 1-14 years old, and the fifth leading cause of people of all ages. Here are a few tips for staying safe around water this summer:

Keep Children within Arms Reach

Drowning can occur in as little as 10 seconds – keeping your children close to you at all times is an essential pool safety tip.

Use Inflatables with Caution

Inflatables can be a lot of fun for both kids and adults. However, it’s important to limit the number of inflatables in the pool at one time so you can easily see all the swimmers. It’s also important to stay alert as inflatable toys can overturn easily.

Establish Rules

Before heading to the pool, create some easy-to-remember pool safety rules with your children. Teach the importance of never running, pushing or jumping on others around water.

Feet First

Diving head-first into a shallow pool can result in significant neck and spinal injury. A feet first rule, especially down slides, will ensure that injuries like this are avoided.

Teach Your Kids to Swim

All children should learn to swim. Invest in swimming lessons to ensure your children are taught pool safety from an early age.

Instruct Your Children to Never Swim Alone

Children should always swim with an adult for safe supervision. Older, more experienced swimmers should also swim with a partner as well.

Be Prepared

Know what to do if an emergency arises – find the time to learn CPR. Keep emergency numbers and a phone close to the pool to call for help in the unlikely event of an emergency.