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Water safety and choosing the right life jacket for your kid

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PASCO, Wash.-- As the temperature rises, more people are getting out in the river. A water safety expert says it's crucial for parents to assess the swimming area for their child and make sure they are wearing the right life jacket.

Important factors parents should look for in a life jacket are listed inside. It should be coast guard approved, fit your child's weight based off the printed weight range and be appropriate for their age as an infant or child size jacket.

Also the common orange arm floaties are considered unsafe by some experts because they can slide off and deflate. Instead, there are ones made of foam and with a buckle that are recommended.

Water safety educator, Mark Allen, says river swimming is very risky for kids and you need to be extra careful.

"The fluctuation of the river comes up and down so where it may be shallow one day, may be drop offs the next day. The adults need to check that area to make sure it's safe for your child to go into because it could drop off and then you have your child drowning," says Allen.

Allen says most drownings happen within six feet of safety and encourages parents to get their kids swimming lessons and always watch them in the water.

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