From pool parties to road trips: need-to-know summer safety tips

 From pool parties to road trips: need-to-know summer safety tips

EDWARDSVILLE — Summer is almost here, which means vacationing, barbecuing and swimming, but what’s commonly overlooked are the hazards these activities can bring.

Whether it’s water safety, grilling safety or even attending large events, it’s important to keep the following tips in mind for a secure and safe summer.

Water safety

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in five people who drown each year are children age 14 or younger. For every child who dies from drowning, five more are injured.

“One of the big concerns that summer brings is water and swimming issues,” said the American Red Cross’ Sharon Watson, region communications director. “Pools, lakes and rivers are appealing activities, so we really encourage people to watch one another in swimming areas.

“You should have one person in charge of watching everyone,” she said. “Usually, there aren’t any lifeguards in rural areas and things happen quickly, so it’s important to watch out for each other.”

Water safety is serious, so it’s important to keep the following tips from the American Red Cross in mind when heading to the beach or swimming pool.

• Prevent unsupervised access to water. Put fencing around pools and spas, with adequate barriers, and keep a constant eye for any water dangers, such as portable splash pools/slides, buckets and…

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