North news briefs: Sheriff’s office urges water safety after near-drownings

  • Updated: July 22, 2014 - 2:19 PM

hennepin county

Sheriff’s office urges water safety after near-drownings

The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office is highlighting a set of safety reminders after several near-drownings over the weekend. The advice centers on three words: watch, wear, learn. The office says:

Watch — your kids

• Avoid distractions such as using cellphones or talking with other adults.

• Parent supervision is needed even when there are lifeguards on duty.

• Drowning is typically a silent event. Parents needs to keep visual contact with their children who are in the water.

Wear — a life jacket

• Weak swimmers or non-swimmers may wear life jackets in lakes, pools or any body of water. Adult supervision is still needed.

• State law requires life jackets for kids under age 10 when boating. All people in a boat must have life jackets accessible while boating.

• Don’t rely on water wings or other inflatable devices.

Learn ­— to swim, and more

• Kids and adults should know how to swim in the Land of 10,000 Lakes.

• Learn about safety equipment; for example, keep a shepherd’s hook near pools for rescues.

• Learn about recommendations for pool drains; teach kids not to play with drains.

• Learn CPR and more about water safety.

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