Your Guide to Water Safety

Rules for Oceans and Lakes

  1. Don't take your eyes off children when they're in the water -- ever.
  2. Swim only when a lifeguard is on duty and in designated areas.
  3. When boating, canoeing, tubing, waterskiing, or riding a Jet Ski, make sure everyone wears a personal flotation device that is approved by the Coast Guard (check the label).
  4. Never let your child dive if you don't know how deep the water is or if there could be hidden dangers below.
  5. Understand the meanings and obey the warnings of the colored flags placed near the shore by lifeguards.
  6. Stop swimming at the first sign of bad weather: storm clouds; thunder and lightning; rough, foamy water.

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