Be safe in the water this summer!

As we get ready to spend time by the pool or head to the shore, it's time to stock up on sunscreen... and brush up on water safety!   If you're heading out in a boat, make sure everyone is wearing a life vest.  And watch the kids when they're in the water, and listen too.  Children in the water should make noise! Be wary of silence.

Contrary to what we see in the movies, drowning isn't always a loud, splashy event.  It's tends to be quiet.  Here are some signs to watch for:

Look for these signs of drowning when people are in the water:

  • Head low in the water, mouth at water level
  • Head tilted back with mouth open
  • Eyes glassy and empty, unable to focus
  • Eyes closed
  • Hair over forehead or eyes
  • Not using legs—vertical
  • Hyperventilating or gasping
  • Trying to swim in a particular direction but not making headway
  • Trying to roll over on the back
  • Appear to be climbing an invisible ladder

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