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(Michigan State Police)-- With summer approaching, the Michigan State Police reminds you to take extra precaution before participating in water activities.
Drowning is the nation's fifth leading cause of accidental death for all ages and the second leading cause of unintentional injury for children age one to 14 years.
“With the proper precautions, drowning and near-drowning incidents are preventable,” said Community Service Trooper Andrew Foster, Wayland Post. “To reduce the risk of drowning, it is important for parents to teach children proper water safety at a young age.”
Do not mix alcohol with swimming, diving or boating. According to the United States Coast Guard, in 2012, alcohol was the leading factor in water-related deaths, while operator inattention was the leading factor for water-related injuries.
Beach safety tips: