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Water safety tips for adults/kids and pets

Learn to swim.

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Never swim alone. Always have someone with you when you swim.

Children should always swim with an adult.
Swim and play in safe places or designated areas only.

Stay away from canals. Canals are not safe places for anyone to play around or swim in. Canal water may look still, but there are strong currents underneath. You can become snagged, pulled under water, and the water temperature is very cold. Again, NEVER swim in canals.

Owners of dogs or other pets should be cautious of what their pet is ingesting while near canals. SSJID periodically loads bait stations at known areas of activity for ground squirrels. While the chemical used for this purpose is designated as a medium toxic chemical, dogs and cats can be vulnerable if they eat the bait, or sick or dead squirrels.

Dogs drowning in canals have become more prevalent in recent years. Please do not encourage or allow your dogs to play near, or swim in, canals.

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When at lakes or reservoirs, follow rules required by the authorities.

Always wear a life vest while boating or on a lake or in the ocean. Obey all hazard signs; they are there to save lives.

Look before you leap or dive. Only do so where it is allowed and safe.

Know your limits, how good of a swimmer you are, the place you are swimming, where you can and cannot go, how far you can swim, etc.

Don't mix alcohol consumption with water recreation.