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Firefighters Ask Residents to Swim With Caution

Deputy Fire Chief John Brown offered tips for safe summer swimming.

Swimming is a great way to escape the summer heat, but firefighters urge residents to make sure they do so with caution.

Wilmington Deputy Fire Chief John Brown said the department faces an , and among them are incidents from water activities.

Brown said the biggest piece of advice he can offer for pool safety is to monitor the area closely.

“The big thing with kids is to never leave them unattended, even for a minute,” said Brown. “My own personal feeling is that no one should be unattended in a pool, even adults. It could be a four foot pool, but if something happens when someone is swimming, if no one is watching they aren’t going to be able to help.”

Silver Lake is another area where Brown urges caution as residents flock to the area to swim and head out on their boats.

Brown said firefighters normally receive a few calls each year for reports of an overturned canoe or kayak, or other people in distress on the water.

The Deputy Chief said every person in a boat should have life jackets. In addition, he urged swimmers to keep track of just how deep the water gets.

“All of the sudden you can be in water that’s over your head,” said Brown. “If you are questionable at all about your swimming abilities, stay somewhere close to shore. You can still have a refreshing dip without putting yourself in danger.”

Kevin MacDonald July 10, 2012 at 08:21 PM
Matt, Do you know if the Wilmington fire Department has anyone who is a certified scuba diver able to respond to water rescues? It is my understanding that diving in pairs is recommended. If there is anyone who is certified I was wondering who certifies them. If not, what agency gets called?
Steve H July 10, 2012 at 10:33 PM
Kevin, if you want to know, why not ask the fire department yourself. Or are you not allowed in that building
Ellen Chase July 10, 2012 at 10:59 PM
http://gcaptain.com/drowning/?10981 great acticle on the web "drowning does not look like drowning"
jo July 10, 2012 at 11:34 PM
Thank you Ellen, this was an article every parent should read. Thanks.!
Kevin MacDonald July 10, 2012 at 11:45 PM
Nice fake name Mike along with everything else.
Steve H July 11, 2012 at 03:09 AM
Kevin if you are talking to me about a fake name, you way off base. Just shows how paranoid and delusional you really are
Kevin MacDonald July 11, 2012 at 08:30 PM
Where is the in depth reporting Matt?

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