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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!
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.
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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.
Life jackets are the lifeblood of safe boating. The U.S. Coast Guard reported 4,439 accidents that involved 658 boating deaths in 2021. Where cause of death was known, 81% was due to drowning and 83% of the victims were not wearing a life jacket.