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Georgia Power and DNR reminding swimmers to stay safe on Fourth of July

Georgia Power wants to remind people who plan on spending their Fourth of July by the water to wear life jackets and remember SPLASH. (Source: WTVM) Georgia Power wants to remind people who plan on spending their Fourth of July by the water to wear life jackets and remember SPLASH. (Source: WTVM)
COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

The Fourth of July is quickly approaching and a lot of people are gearing up for some fun, but Georgia Power is reminding you of some safety precautions if you are heading towards the water.

"One slip whether you're a grown, adult, or a child could end in a tragedy," said DNR Game Warden Ethan Franklin.

Georgia Power is reminding families of the importance of how to remain safe on the lake.

According to the Georgia Department of Public Health, drownings are the second leading cause of accidental death for children ages one to four.

Even if you are a very experienced or very strong swimmer, it can still be bad. Accidents do happen and things go wrong. I would say know your surroundings, know where you're going to be, and if you think you need a life jacket, if that thought ever crosses the back of your mind then you need to have it on,"  said Franklin.

While you are enjoying the summer months in any body of water, whether it be a lake, river, or pool, Georgia Power wants you to remember the term SPLASH.

SPLASH stands for supervision, prevention, look before you leap, arm’s length, swim lessons, and have a water safety plan.

Georgia Power also says wearing a life jacket is the most important thing anyone near water can do.

Georgia Power and the Department of Natural Resources say they work as a team--keeping an eye on incidents that can happen fast in any body of water.

"It’s always good to have a life jacket anytime you're around the water because you can fall and hit your head and drown," says Georgia Power External Affairs Manager Robert Watkins. "With a life jacket, it will keep your head above water. Kids, you really can’t take your eyes off them when they are around the water. They can fall off the dock, fall in and they are gone. It just happened before you know it.”

Georgia Power is the largest non-governmental provider of recreation facilities and owns and operates 15 lakes across the state.

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