Safety tips parents should know before kids get in the water

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Experts say it can take less than two minutes for a child to not have enough air to breathe and be in a drowning situation.

That’s why they say supervision at all times is key.

Another thing to keep in mind, what your kids are wearing to keep them safe in the water.

There is a federal standard that children under the age of 14 should be wearing a life jacket at all times while on a boat.

Parents want to make sure that life jacket fits properly and is not too loose.

Experts recommend not relying on floaties, water wings, or other devices to keep your kids safe.

Carilion is offering water safety certification courses this summer.

You can contact Sarah Beth Dinwiddie at 540-853-0173 for more information about the courses.

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