Here are 9 water safety tips for summer activities

SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. — The Florida Department of Health in Seminole County is highlighting National Water Safety Month.


Florida is perfect for water recreation, with bodies of water that include pools and lakes.

DOH-Seminole reminds families to practice water safety as summer approaches.

Health officials said children 1 to 4 years old are more likely to drown in natural water.

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Here are nine water safety tips from DOH-Seminole:

  1. Keep your eyes on children in and around the water.
  2. If your child is missing, check other pools or surrounding bodies of water.
  3. Use barriers around water, including fences, self-closing/self-latching gates, and secure doors with alarms.
  4. Have a phone nearby if you need to call 911 in an emergency.
  5. Open cuts or wounds should not be immersed in water.
  6. If a cut or wound occurs in the water, it should be washed with clean, running water and soap and covered with a clean, dry, waterproof bandage.
  7. Always swim with a buddy, and when safety flags and signs give it the all-clear to do so.
  8. Stay on dry land if you have a weakened immune system, a cut on your skin, or don’t have a buddy to swim with.

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Stay away if you encounter animals that live near or in the water. For current information on red tide or blue-green algae, click here.

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