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Officials share tips for staying safe in the water

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American Red Cross officials offer several tips everyone should know when swimming at the pool, beach or a lake.

• Swim in designated areas supervised by lifeguards.

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• Use personal flotation devices in middle of water.

• Always swim with a buddy. Do not allow anyone to swim alone.

• Have young children or inexperienced swimmers wear U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets around water, but do not rely on them alone. Maintain constant supervision.

• Drink plenty of water regularly, even if you're not thirsty. Avoid drinks with alcohol or caffeine.

• Pay especially close attention to children and seniors when at the beach. Even in shallow water, wave action can cause a loss of footing.

• Enroll in home pool safety, water safety, first aid and CPR/AED courses to learn how to prevent and respond to emergencies.

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