Summer safety tips while swimming and grilling, plus protecting pets

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Swimming at the local public pool, lake or pond is a fun way to stay cool during the summer heat, but safety must always be a priority.

Most people know the dangers of swimming alone, but there are other precautions one should take during other outdoor activities like hiking and gardening during this time of the year.

From dangerously high levels of ultraviolet light rays to mosquitoes and tick bites, there are many ways people can protect themselves and prevent illness or injury from the summer’s elements. Here are some tips on how to protect the whole family, including the four-legged members.

Swimming safety tips

Drowning is the leading cause of death for children, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. For children ages 1 to 4, it’s the first leading cause of unintentional injury death, and the second leading cause for children between 5 to 14 years old.

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