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Summer S-A-F-E-T-Y First!

Michal Eisikowitz

[Mordy] Hi kids! My name is Mordy, and I’m nine years old. I’m really excited, because I’m going to sleepaway camp for the first time! Finally, I’ll get to be like a big kid — on my own, and free to run around the camp grounds and hang out with my friends. [Moishy] Not so fast, Mordy. It’s true that sleepaway camp can be a blast, but summer can be a dangerous time, too. There’s lots of free time, and grown-ups aren’t always around to make sure you’re safe.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

safety [Mordy] Oh, I know all about being safe already, Moish. I never talk to strangers.


[Moishy] That’s great, Mordy, but there’s a lot more than that. Let me start from the very beginning … it’s as easy as S-A-F-E-T-Y!


S: Swim Safe.


[Moishy] What’s your favorite camp activity, Mordy?


[Mordy] You know the answer, Moish: swimming! I’m a born fish.


[Moishy] But you’re not really a fish. Fish can stay under the water forever; they don’t need air to survive. But we humans do! That’s why we need to be extra careful while in the pool. Here are some important swimming rules:


-Never go in a pool or lake if there’s no adult around.

-If the pool gates are closed, stay out!

-Always swim with a buddy. Never swim alone.

-If there’s an emergency, call the lifeguard right away!

-Pay attention to the pool’s depth markers — the big numbers painted on the side of the pool. If you don’t know how to swim in deep water, be sure to stay in the shallow end.

-Diving: In a pool, only dive off a diving board. If you dive off the side of the pool, the water might be shallower than you think — and you could get a serious injury if your head hits the bottom.

-Don’t eat while you swim — you could choke.

-If the weather starts getting bad, leave the water immediately.


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