Often, Summer activities involve water sports or swimming, so this year, take some extra steps to ensure you and your family are practicing water safety and reducing your risk of danger:\n\nWear life jackets for boating and while swimming in lakes, rivers, or the ocean.\n\n\nKnow how to swim and teach your children to swim.\nBe aware that inner tubes and play rafts are not flotation devices. Life jackets are the only flotation aid you can rely on.\nSwim lessons for children four\u00a0years old and over.\nNever leave children unattended around water, no matter what their swimming skill level.\nIn public pools and beaches, children should swim only when lifeguards are on duty or if an experienced swimmer is watching.\nTo avoid accidental falls, be sure to cover your pool or spa when not in use. All pools should be fenced.\nKnow the rules of boating safety. Visit the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission website for additional information regarding safety and rules.\nPonds, five-gallon buckets, and wading pools are also potential drowning hazards for children. Empty water from buckets and wading pools, and always make sure children are supervised around water.\nLearn CPR.\n\nWith these safety practices and suggestions in mind, you can \u201cPlay It Safe\u201d this Summer!