According to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR), 66 Minnesotans went boating, snowmobiling or swimming – but did not return alive in 2011. They became a drowning statistic. To prevent a drowning tragedy from striking, the Burnsville Fire Department strongly recommends following these simple safety measures:
Use U.S. Coast Guard-approved personal flotation devices (life jackets) whenever boating. DO NOT use air-filled swimming aids in place of life jackets. These devices give parents and children a false sense of security, which may increase the risk of drowning.
If you have a house with a swimming pool, prevent ALL children from having direct access to it. Surround the pool with a four-sided, 4-foot isolation fence with self-closing and self-latching gates. The pool should be isolated from the house and all play areas.
The Burnsville Fire Department reminds you to have fun, but be safe and smart around water. If you have any other questions regarding water safety, contact the Department at 952-895-4570 or visit the Minnesota DNR website for safe boat practices www.dnr.state.mn.us/safety/boatwater