School is almost out and temperatures are heating up, which means many people are thinking about water activities.
Swimming pools are a great way to beat the summer heat but it is important to remember that drowning accidents are the leading cause of death and injury of children under five years of age. Residential pools and spas are where 80% of drowning deaths occurs. Following basic safety guidelines can go a long way to ensure everyone has fun and stays safe in and around the water.
Again this summer, the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service (MCFRS) will continue to focus education efforts and public attention on the serious and deadly dangers of the 14-mile stretch of the Potomac River from Great Falls to the Key Bridge. MCFRS representatives and officials are working hard to remind residents of the dangers of the Potomac River and provide important tips to be safe while hiking in the area.
- Water Safety Tips (pdf)