Swimming safety reinforced as summer approaches

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HOMEWOOD, Ala. (WIAT) — As you break out the swim gear and prepare for the unofficial start to the summer, safety is important to keep in mind.

WIAT 42 News spoke with the Homewood Recreation Center as they prepare for more than 1,500 kids at their pool this weekend.

Alissa Brock, the senior recreation leader, reminds us that the younger children should learn to feel comfortable in the water.

As they get older, floating on their back and knowing the front crawl will help them get out of a dangerous situation.

“It’s very important because if they ever found themselves in an aquatic emergency, being able to swim or even float so they can call out for help could save their life,” said Brock.

Another good rule that was recommended is having little ones wear life jackets, even if they know how to swim. For older children, the buddy system is a good alternative.

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