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Have fun in the sun, but swim safely

July 15, 2013

The heat waves keep coming, and unfortunately so do the drowning accidents.

To avoid becoming the latest statistic – nationally about 10 people drown every day, and there have been at least three drownings in Eastern Connecticut in July alone – follow these safety tips provide by Kristie Tapper, APRN, of the Colchester Backus Health Center:

  • Learn to swim
  • Swim where there are lifeguards
  • Learn CPR
  • Supervise children
  • Don’t swim alone
  • Look after those with seizure disorders
  • Avoid alcohol
  • Don’t swim in bad weather
  • Don’t swim too far or underwater too long
  • Wear a life jacket when appropriate
  • Never dive in shallow or unfamiliar waters.