Be careful in the water

The Charles E. Fairman Community Pool is open. County parks are busy and beaches are beginning to fill with local and visiting families.

This swimming pool and local beaches have long been a real asset to our community and, indeed, a blessing to generations of moms and dads getting a bit frazzled during the summer vacation break.

Throughout Mecosta County and in Big Rapids, school may let out and vacations from work may begin, but the summer isn’t really summer until the pool and beaches are open and active.

As folks start using the pool, beaches and the river and enjoying more and more of summer’s fun and recreational opportunities, we at the Pioneer would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone heading out for a day on the water.

Please! Be Careful!

We absolutely don’t want to be reporting on accidents or that mishaps on or in the water.

Summer should be a time of fun. Let’s just keep it that way.

Please, consider these basics. Read them to your children and grandchildren. Make them your family rules.

n Swim only in designated areas supervised by lifeguards.

n Always swim with a buddy; do not allow anyone to swim alone. Even at a public pool or a lifeguarded beach, use the buddy system.

n Ensure that everyone in the family learns to swim well.

n Never leave a young child unattended near water and do not trust a child’s life to another child; teach children to always ask permission to go near water.

n Have young children or inexperienced swimmers wear U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets around water, but do not rely on life jackets alone.

n Even if you do not plan on swimming, be cautious around natural bodies of water including the Muskegon shoreline, along other rivers and lakes. Cold temperatures, currents and underwater hazards can make a fall into these bodies of water dangerous.

n If you go boating, canoing, or kayaking wear a life jacket!

We encourage you to simply use common sense.

Enjoy your day in the pool or out at the beach.

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