As the weather heats up, families and friends from around the area head off to the many lakes and backyard pools to cool off and have fun.
Swimming and boating are very popular activities in the Great Lakes State, so it's important to keep water safety at the top of the list when heading out for recreation this summer.
In 2017, there were 116 drownings in Michigan, and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) urges residents to take the proper precautions to decrease the number of water-related injuries and deaths as the summer months unfold.
Drowning is the fifth leading cause of death for all ages in the United States and the second leading cause of death for children ages 1-14, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Of the 116 drownings in the state last year, 109 were non-boating related.
Here are some tips to help ensure the safety of individuals participating in water-related activities:
•Do not mix alcohol with swimming, diving or boating.
•Stay within designated swimming areas.
•Never swim alone, always swim with a buddy.
•Enter the water feet first. Serious injuries can occur from diving headfirst into and hitting the bottom.
•Heed warning flags at public beaches.
•Use a U.S. Coast Guard approved personal flotation device when boating.
•Do not leave a child unattended near a pool.
•Enclose pools with self-locking/self-closing fences.
•Keep lifesaving equipment (pole, rope, flotation devices) near the pool.
Michigan offers so much when it comes to summertime fun and recreation. Be smart and cautious when engaging in water-related activities to ensure that you and your loved ones are around to enjoy many more summers to come.