Swimming and splashing are great ways to cool off during this heat wave. But water can quickly become dangerous. The U.S. Coast Guard and the American Red Cross advise:
  • Swim in designated areas that are supervised by a lifeguard.
  • Swim with a buddy — never alone.
  • Teach children to always ask permission before going in the water.
  • Never leave children unsupervised in or near the water, even for a minute.
  • Wear a life jacket when swimming anywhere without lifeguards or when you engage in water sports.
  • Inflatable toys and mattresses will not keep children safe. By law, children ages 12 or younger must wear a U.S. Coast Guard- approved life jacket or vest on all vessels 18 feet or shorter.
  • Don’t drink or drug when swimming or boating. 
  • Don’t dive into shallow water or unfamiliar swimming holes.