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Summer is just around the corner!

Will you be going to the pool, lake, or beach?

If so, it's important to remember to stay safe and keep everyone safe.   

According to the North Carolina State Center for Health Statistics, drowning was the fourth leading cause of child injury deaths for ages 0-14 in 2013.

Summertime brings lots of fun water activities so remember these tips when you're out on the lake or going for a swim:

Children should always wear a life jacket

Children should always wear a lifejacket when playing around or in any natural body of water such as lakes or oceans, even if they know how to swim.

Keep a lookout

When children are playing in or around a body of water, an adult should be supervising them at all times.

Often times a drowning happens very quickly and quietly so adults that are keeping an eye on the kids should steer clear of distractions.

Always read signs surrounding bodies of water and follow precautions outlined.  

Fence it off

Installing a four-sided fence around a backyard swimming pool is highly recommended with small children in the home.

Make sure the fence is equipped with self-latching and self-closing gates.

Learn life-saving skills

Skills like CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) can be crucial in an emergency and can help save a life.

For more information about how public health is working for you, contact HCPHS Health Department at 252-583-5021. Also, you can like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/hcphsand follow us on Twitter @HCPHS_NC