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Thinking safety: Lifeguards urge caution during 4th of July fun

The 4th of July is coming up and it’s been reported as one of the deadliest holidays for drowning.

The 4th of July is coming up and it’s been reported as one of the deadliest holidays for drowning.

With a lot of commotion going on around pools, lifeguards want you to remember to be safe. The National Safety Council advises to be aware of your surroundings and always keep your eyes on a child. They also say to know your skill level when swimming and don’t push yourself.

One local pool takes required 10 minute breaks to keep kids safe.

“We issue a rest break because you know kids, they don’t want to get out of the pool,” said Abby Amis, a lifeguard at Byrd Spring Aquatic Association. “They’re having a great time. Even if they’re tired they’re gonna be like, ‘Oh I’m fine I can keep swimming.’ And sometimes that’s not the case and it can lead to a really bad incident where someone’s in danger.”

If you do have to be rescued lifeguards say to stay calm so they can help you.

Read more safety tips here.

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