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Educating Yakima Citizens on Water Safety

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YAKIMA, Wash. - The weather is getting nicer out and the popularity of outdoor water activities will grow but so does the need for water safety.

If you plan on swimming in the Yakima river here is a suggestion.

"Don't go near the river unless you know what your doing, says Yakima mother Ambra Simpson."

Over the weekend there were two swimming accidents one at Sarg Hubbard Park and a rafting accident on the Yakima river.

Yakima mothers Ambra Simpson and Susan Colby are trying to prevent swimming accidents.   Life jackets are important, but teaching their kids the ability to react to the water and recognizing dangers, Ambra believes are important too.

"I try to teach them respect for the water," said Simpson.

Water is associated with fun and games and respect for the water is an important element but deputy Fire Marshall Ron Melcher says that other things must be taken into consideration.

"Sounds like a good plan but you have to exemplify that, you have to look at the water and look to see if there is any debris floating under the water," said Melcher.

So when she decides to take her kids out for a swim Ambra hopes that her methods about water safety are going in the right direction.

"Just thinking out and planning ahead is gonna be your best bet especially with the cold water but right now is not the best time to be out in the water," said Melcher.