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AAA Gives Tips To Take While Cooling Off This Week

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As the heat advisory continues in Upstate New York, many of us will choose to seek refuge in the local beaches and pools. Unfortunately, with this relief comes a second danger: drowning, which is one of the highest causes of unintentional death in children aged 1-9. The following tips will help maintain a safe and fun environment at the pool this summer.

AAA advises you have proper pool equipment nearby when relaxing at your local swimming hole, such as life rings, floats and reaching poles. Fencing in your pool makes sure children and animals cannot accidentally make their way in and get into trouble. Maintaining upkeep, such as cleaning and filtering, are also great ways of maintaining a safe environment. Just make sure that children are kept away from pool filters and other mechanical devices.

Learning and teaching water safety skills are also of vital importance. Always have children be under supervision and give weaker swimmers life vests. Keep them in the shallow end or with an adult. Limiting your alcohol intake is also vital: 70 percent of all teen and adult deaths caused by water involve alcohol. Make sure someone at the pool is trained in CPR, and be sure to brush up on your first aid training.

Pools can be the safest form of recreation in the right conditions. All of these tips can be used to keep yourself and others safe and cool during this heat wave.

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