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Make A Safe Splash This Memorial Day!

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Tallahassee, Fla.— As Florida families kick off the unofficial start to summer this Memorial Day weekend, the Florida Department of Health reminds residents and visitors to enjoy their favorite summer activities, especially swimming and grilling, safely. The department encourages the public to follow safe and healthy swim practices to prevent injury and drownings and to utilize safe grilling techniques to prevent home fires. 

This week kicks off Water Safety Awareness Month. Please keep in mind 3 layers of protection when enjoying our great weather! Layer 1. Supervision: Supervision, the first and most crucial layer of protection, means someone is always actively watching when a child is in the pool. Layer 2. Barriers: A child should never be able to enter the pool area unaccompanied by a guardian. Barriers physically block a child from the pool. Layer 3. Emergency Preparedness: The moment a child stops breathing there is a small, precious window of time in which resuscitation may occur, but only if someone knows what to do. Even if you're not a parent, it’s important to learn CPR. The techniques are easy to learn and can mean the difference between life and death. In an emergency, it is critical to have a phone nearby and immediately call 911. For more resources check out www.waterprooffl.com.

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