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Following Water Safety Rules Saves Lives, Red Cross Says
Children can drown within five minutes, experts warn
-- Mary Elizabeth Dallas
SATURDAY, June 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Once the temperatures rise, people of all ages cool off in pools, lakes or the ocean. But no matter how old you are, taking certain water safety precautions is essential, according to the American Red Cross.
Always swim in areas that are supervised by lifeguards. Taking a dip with a buddy is also safer than swimming alone, the Red Cross advises. Other water safety tips that all swimmers and parents should consider include:
Aside from taking certain water precautions when swimming, it's also important to consider sun safety. Avoid too much direct sun exposure between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. It's important to wear sunscreen with an SPF 15 or higher.
The American Academy of Pediatrics has more about water safety.
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