COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Drowning is the third leading cause of accidental death in the United States and the second leading cause of accidental death for persons aged 5 to 44. Males drown at a significantly higher rate than females (about 5 to 1).
Pam Fair, with Safe Kids Columbus came on the morning show to talk about pool safety tips and how to swim in rip currents.
According to the U.S. Lifesaving Association, here are some tips to remember:
1) Learn to Swim / Wear a Life Jacket
2) Swim near a Lifeguard & Swim with a Buddy
3) Use Sunscreen and Drink Water
4) Obey Posted Signs and Flags
5) Learn Rip Current Safety
Swim sideways with the beach, not directly to the shore to avoid getting caught up in a rip current.