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Fredericksburg Fire Department offers river and pool safety tips
With warm weather upon us, the Fredericksburg Fire Department offers these tips for safety around any body of water.
- Swim in designated areas.
- Do not allow anyone to swim alone.
- Never leave a young child unattended near water and do not trust a child’s life to another child. Teach children to always ask permission to go near water.
- Always stay within arm’s reach of young children and avoid distractions when supervising children around water.
- If a child is missing, check the water first. Seconds count in preventing death and disability.
- Have everyone going into the water wear a Personal Floatation Device [PFD] or U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket.
- If you go boating, always wear a life jacket. Most boating fatalities occur from drowning.
- Avoid alcohol use. Alcohol impairs judgment, balance and coordination. It also affects swimming and diving skills and reduces the body’s ability to stay warm.
- Install barriers around home pools and hot tubs.
- For above-ground or inflatable pools, remove access ladders and secure the safety cover whenever the pool is not in use.
- Check the weather and water before boating or swimming. If it looks like storms are coming or the water is fast-moving, high or rough, don’t go out that day.
- Make sure everyone knows how to call 9-1-1.