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Tips for Safe Swimming

Nothing says summer vacation like warm days spent at the pool or at the beach. Whether you’re jumping waves in the ocean or splashing around in a pool, these tips from the Federal Citizen Information Center will help keep you and your family safe this summer:

  • Learn how to swim.  Whether it’s teaching your kids to swim or as an adult, learning yourself. Check for swimming lessons in your area on Giving your family the basic water skills they need will help keep them safe.
  • Keep an eye on your whole family. With lots of people splashing around in a community pool, it’s easy for someone to get dunked by accident.
  • In the ocean, don’t panic in a riptide. Before your family goes in the ocean, make sure you all know what to do if you get caught in a riptide. Try to swim parallel to the shore. Don’t fight your way directly back to the beach, but swim sideways until you are out of the current. Wave for a lifeguard to help get you back to shore safely.
  • Don’t rely on floats, rafts, body boards, etc. to keep you safe in deep water if you do not know how to swim.  Use these fun summer toys closer to the beach, where you can stand.
  • Know your beach location (beach access name, cross street name, etc.) in case you need to dial 9-1-1 for help.
  • Whenever possible, swim near a lifeguard.
  • And — you’ve heard this for years — never swim alone!

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Spring Cleaning: Inspect as Winter Thaws

This winter has been long, frigid and a little too snowy. As the deep freeze begins to melt away, prepare your home for spring. The steps you take now can help avoid costly maintenance and repairs later. Here’s what to do inside and outside your home:

  • Inspect the roof and gutters. Check the roof for damage; it’s been taking a beating all season. Then clear gutters of debris; a clog can lead to water damage.
  • Check the HVAC system. Hire a professional to clean and service your system. You also should clean or replace filters; it’ll help ensure your system is running efficiently, keep energy costs in check and remove extra allergens from your home.
  • Clean and repair driveways, fences, decks and patios. Spray away salt, sand and deicers. Then fill any cracks, holes or gaps.
  • Examine windows, doors and seals. Look for damage. Sealants can crack in extreme cold, leading to water damage and drafts. Clean the window panes, drapes and blinds too.
  • Inspect paint inside and outside. Make any necessary paint repairs or try a fresh look.
  • Replace smoke detector batteries. If you didn’t do this when daylight saving time began, do it now.
  • Steam-clean floors and carpets. Remove salt, sand and deicing chemicals.
  • Examine your chimney. Hire a chimney sweep to check the exterior for damage and clean the flue.
  • Vacuum underneath and behind your refrigerator. A dusty, dirty fridge also increases electric bills.
  • Clean out the refrigerator, freezer and pantry. Toss expired foods, clean surfaces and reorganize.
  • Declutter closets. Donate, repurpose, recycle or set aside clothes for a garage sale.
  • Prepare lawn equipment. Make sure your lawn mower and weed whacker are clean, gassed up and ready for the first spring cut.

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