Labor Day weekend: Water safety tips

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Whether you’re hitting the water at a lake or river for Labor Day weekend, officials want to make sure you keep safety a priority with some simple tips.

Here are tips from the National Safety Council to keep you and your family safe.

  • Don’t go in the water unless you know how to swim; swim lessons are available for all ages
  • Never swim alone
  • Learn CPR and rescue techniques
  • Make sure the body of water matches your skill level; swimming in a pool is much different than swimming in a lake or river, where more strength is needed to handle currents
  • If you do get caught in a current, don’t try to fight it; stay calm and float with it, or swim parallel to the shore until you can swim free
  • Swim in areas supervised by a lifeguard
  • Don’t push or jump on others
  • Don’t dive in unfamiliar areas
  • Never drink alcohol when swimming; alcohol is involved in about half of all male teen drownings, according to KidsHealth.org

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