(WICHITA, Kan.) — The Red Cross says it's seen a jump in drowning cases across the country since Memorial Day weekend.
The hot weather has led a lot of people to the pool or lake.
But experts say there are important rules to follow that will keep that activity safe.
First, learn to swim and make sure your children do, too.
Never leave a young child unattended near water.
If you go boating, always wear a life jacket.
Keep toys away from pools and out of sight when not in use...toys can attract young children to the pool.
If a child is missing, check the water first because seconds count.
If you see someone in trouble, James Williams with the Red Cross suggests...reach, throw...don't go, "For example if someone's out at the water or in a boat or in the lake, we want them to throw an object like a noodle or a rope or a ski rope to that person so they're not putting themselves in a dangerous situation and they can make a dangerous situation worse".