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Water Safety - lifeguard in lifeguard stand on the beach with ocean waves

Nearly every year the Department of the Air Force suffers a few drownings and the mishap locations vary from rivers, lakes and oceans to pools. Some of the drowning victims are sober, whereas others are impaired by alcohol. Tragic water accidents happen quickly. The most common reason for water mishaps is a lack of safety knowledge. With so many planning to be in, on or near the water, it is important to follow the basics of water safety; maintain constant supervision of children and get trained!

 

Swimming Safety - Man in pool with baby

According to the American Red Cross 69% of young children who drown were not expected to be in or near water. Always keep your eyes on children. Never leave your child alone; if you have to leave, take your child with you.

Boating Safety - people boating on the water

Life jackets are the lifeblood of safe boating.  The U.S. Coast Guard reported 4,163 accidents that involved 613 boating deaths in 2019.  Where cause of death was known, 79% was due to drowning and 86% of the victims were not wearing a life jacket.

Water Sports Safety - Six people in raft white water rafting on river

ALWAYS WEAR A LIFE JACKET…Even for the activities that don't require them.  Researchers estimate that life jackets may prevent half of all water sports-related deaths.

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