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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.

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