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Monday, June 5, 2000

Fire Dept. offers tips
to avoid drownings

Star-Bulletin staff


In the wake of recent drownings, the Honolulu Fire Department warns no one is immune from drowning and offers advice:

Bullet Always swim with a buddy and never swim alone.

Bullet Know your swimming limits and stay within them. Do not try to keep up with stronger-skilled swimmers or encourage others to keep up with you.

Bullet Swim in supervised areas only.

Bullet Watch out for the "Dangerous Too's": Too Tired, Too Cold, Too Far from Safety, Too Much Sun, Too Much Strenuous Activity.

Bullet Do not mix alcohol and swimming. Alcohol impairs your judgment, balance and coordination, affects your swimming and diving skills and reduces your body's ability to stay warm.

Bullet Know local weather conditions and prepare for sudden storms; it is wise to stop swimming or boating as soon as you see or hear a storm.

Bullet Know how to prevent, recognize and respond to emergencies. Remember the three C's, Check-Call-Care: Check the scene to ensure it's safe and check a victim; call 911; and care for a victim until help arrives.

Bullet Teach children to swim at an early age.

Bullet Never leave a child unsupervised in or near any body of water, even for a second.

Bullet Never leave toys, wagons and bicycles around a pool.

Bullet Put a fence around your pool and a lock on the gate so kids cannot get in. Use a self-locking gate.

Bullet Take a course in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and learn what to do in case of an emergency.

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