Officials encourage you to know water safety before getting into water activities

Officials encourage you to know water safety before getting into water activities
If you will be on a river or lake this summer they advise always wearing a life jacket. (Source: WALB)
If you will be on a river or lake this summer they advise always wearing a life jacket. (Source: WALB)
Rachel Ortegon, Aquatic Director (Source: WALB)
Rachel Ortegon, Aquatic Director (Source: WALB)

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Officials are stressing for people to be extra cautious around water this summer after the tragic events that happened over the weekend.

If you are heading out to the pool with your kids, officials at the YMCA want parents to always have an eye on the children.

The sun can cause dehydration and fatigue, making it easy for kids to lose their strength in the water.

If you will be on a river or lake this summer, officials advise that you should always wear a life jacket, make sure its buckled correctly and know what to do if someone you are with falls into the water and needs help.

"Reach or throw, don't go because even if you are a strong swimmer it can easily turn into a multiple victim scenario," explained YMCA Aquatic Director Rachel Ortegon.

Officials said even if you don't have a floatation device or life jacket to throw, get creative and toss a rope or stick for the other person to grab onto.

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