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Go: Make Water Safety a Top Priority

SPASHsafetytips

With summer upon us, many agencies are reminding Georgians of the importance of water safety through a SPLASH campaign. The DNR is in the process of adding “loaner boards” with personal flotation devices (life jackets) at public boat ramps.

SPLASH encourages citizens to follow these tips when enjoying beaches, pools, lakes, rivers and other bodies of water:

  • Supervision — Designate an adult to watch children at all times. Do not assume someone else is watching.
  • Prevention — Wear personal flotation devices (PFD or life jacket), install fencing around pools, and use drain covers in hot tubs and pools.
  • Look before you leap — Never jump into water without knowing how deep it is and what is below the surface.
  • Arm’s Length — Adults should be arm’s length to children in water, and safety tools such as hooks should be nearby at all times.
  • Swim Lessons — Knowing how to swim greatly reduces the chance of drowning. Classes are often available through the Red Cross or YMCA.
  • Have a Water Safety Plan — Know what to do during an emergency.