The following tips are layers of protection that will help people stay safe this summer.

Water safety

• Do your part, be water smart. Ensure that everyone in the family learns to swim well.

• Adults, actively supervise children; stay within arm’s reach of young children and newer swimmers.

• Kids, follow the rules.

• Don’t fool with a pool – fence it in. Enclose your pool and spa with four-sided, four-foot fencing and use self-closing, self-latching gates.

• Don’t just pack it; wear your U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket – always when on a boat and if in a situation beyond your skill level. Inflatable children’s toys and water wings can be fun, but they are no substitute for a life jacket and adult supervision.

• Swim as a pair near a lifeguard’s chair - everyone, including experienced swimmers, should swim with a buddy in areas that are protected by lifeguards.

• Reach or throw, don’t go – Know what to do to help someone in trouble, without endangering yourself. Know how and when to call 911 and know CPR.

Grilling safety

• Always supervise a barbecue grill when in use.

• Never grill indoors – not in your house, camper, tent or any enclosed area.

• Make sure everyone, including the pets, stays away from the grill. • Keep the grill out in the open, away from the house, the deck, tree branches or anything that could catch fire. • Use the long-handled tools especially made for cooking on the grill to keep the chef safe.

• Never add charcoal starter fluid when coals have already been ignited.

• Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions when using grills.

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