Swimming safety

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When playing in the water, whether it is a swimming pool or the ocean, it’s important to stay safe

Spending time in and around water is a favorite pastime for adults and children. Swimming, boating, running through sprinklers and soaking in a nice warm tub can be great ways to relax and have fun.

Even though water play can be exciting, it also can be dangerous. Drowning is the leading cause of death for children between the ages of 1 and 4 and the fifth leading cause of accidental death overall in the U.S., offers UCI Health. Calm rivers can hide swift currents, rocks and tree branches. Ocean rip tides and rough waves can confound even excellent swimmers. Lake waters can be extremely cold, even in summer, making it challenging for a person to stay afloat and avoid hypothermia. It is essential for everyone to play it safe when in and around water. Here are nine ways to do just that:

1. Avoid swimming or boating in high running water, making sure to always check conditions before starting.

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