Dear Friend of the Red Cross,
Meet Abby and Audrey. They learned the importance of water safety in a big way—when they were just four and five years old.
While playing at the pool one day, Audrey fell and started sinking toward the bottom in the deep end of a swimming pool. Using water safety skills she learned in a Red Cross swimming and water safety class, Abby was able to save her from drowning.
"Thank goodness for Abby," says Audrey, now 13. "She just reached in, and pulled me up!"
As summer gears up, do you know how to stay safe around the water? We've rounded up some important tips for you to check out before you grab your swimsuit and your sunscreen:
Staying safe around water doesn't mean having kids wear water wings or floaties. Our tips include a handy summer water safety guide you can print out and share with your friends whether you're going to the pool or the beach.
Nearly two-thirds of families with young children plan to swim in a place without a lifeguard this summer, according to a recent Red Cross survey.
So it's important to know some basic water safety tips, maintain constant supervision over kids and learn how to respond to aquatic emergencies.
Get all that information and more on our tips page:
Have a great, safe summer!
American Red Cross Preparedness and Health and Safety
P.S.Get a copy of the American Red Cross Water Safety Handbook and other summer safety gear at RedCrossStore.org. Don't miss the store coupons at the bottom of the summer water safety guide! Check it out here: http://www.redcross.org/watersafetytips
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