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Water safety tips

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KENNEWICK, Wash. - Each year, about 100 people in Washington drown and many of those deaths are preventable. In fact, rescuers say they have never responded to a drowning where the victim had a life jacket on

So before you get into the water this Memorial Day weekend there are a few things to remember.  Even if it is warm outside, rivers and lakes are still cold.  This is why life jackets are so important. Experts say it only takes seconds before cold water makes swimming nearly impossible. It's also important to watch out for strong currents and steep underwater drop-offs.

When it comes to pools, make sure you have barriers surrounding the pool at least four feet high so kids don't fall in.

Here's what some Tri-Citians do to keep themselves and their kids safe.

"I have to keep a very close eye on them, you can't turn your back for a moment," said Steve Shoe.

"I take my son to the wading pool because he's not familiar with swimming yet," said April Wagner.

"If we are in a pool, there's always an adult in the pool with the children," said Dan Boal

Swimmers should also stay sober. Alcohol and other drugs increase the risk of drowning.

Another important tip is to re-apply sunscreen throughout the day and make sure your kids are drinking lots of water.