Play It Safe and Return Home Alive

KNOXVILLE – Drowning is the second leading cause of accidental death in the United States, yet it is possible just by wearing a life jacket these drowning deaths can be reduced. As The Sun area residents take to the lakes, rivers and ponds this holiday weekend, taking a little time for preparation could mean the difference of a fun or tragic holiday.

Statistics show that 90 percent of those who drown at U.S. Army Corps of Engineers lakes and rivers may have survived if they had worn a life jacket. Here are some safety tips from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to help you have a safe and enjoyable Fourth of July holiday.

Swimming in open water is more difficult than in a swimming pool. You can tire more quickly and get into trouble. Even the best swimmers can misjudge the water and their skills when boating and swimming. Conditions can change quickly in open water, so before entering the water wear a life jacket. While wearing a life jacket you will not use as much energy, it will help you float and most importantly it will help ensure that you return home alive to those who love you. Peer pressure can kill, so friends should make friends swim in designated areas and wear a life jacket.


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