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Monday, July 26, 2010

Multiple Tragedies Highlight Local Water Dangers

This article from lists the various water-related accidents that occurred over the weekend, including one in the Toutle River on Saturday. The Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office and the Department of Emergency Management encourages people of ALL ages to wear a life jacket when enjoying our local lakes and rivers.

Make Water Safety Your Priority

*Swim in designated areas supervised by lifeguards.

*Always swim with a buddy; do not allow anyone to swim alone. Even at a public pool or a lifeguarded beach, use the buddy system!

*Ensure that everyone in the family learns to swim well. Enroll in age-appropriate water orientation and Learn-to-Swim courses.

*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.

*Have children or inexperienced swimmers wear U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets around water, but do not rely on life jackets alone.

*Even if you do not plan on swimming, be cautious around natural bodies of water including ocean shoreline, rivers and lakes. Cold temperatures, currents and underwater hazards can make a fall into these bodies of water dangerous.

*If you go boating, wear a life jacket! Most boating fatalities occur from drowning.

*Avoid alcohol use. Alcohol impairs judgment, balance and coordination; affects swimming and diving skills; and reduces the body’s ability to stay warm.

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