MINNEAPOLIS - You might think that enjoying a refreshing dip in the lake or pool is a rite of summer that never changes. However, a trip to the beach or neighborhood pool has indeed changed. The difference is portable electronic devices.
Once upon a time, adults were fully engaged with their children's water antics. Now, cell phones, iPads, and other electronics are diverting the attention away from the water.
Last year in Minnesota, 39 people drowned. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says a lack of parental supervision is one of the foremost reasons for drowning among children.
Take the Water Watchdog Pledge.
When at the pool or beach, put away the electronic devices and keep both eyes on the people playing in the water. Learn how to become a Water Watchdog.
Take precautions when around water.
The Minnesota Safety Council has tips on how to prevent drowning.
Life jackets save lives.
Minnesota law requires that children 10 and younger, who are in a boat, must be wearing a life jacket. The MN DNR has a handy guide for selecting and using life jackets.