White Water officials offer water safety tips

With July 4 on Friday, most people will have a long weekend. Many will head for a backyard pool, water park, the beach or a lake.

It's always good to be reminded of basic water safety rules.

“Being in the water is definitely a great way to enjoy your summer vacation,” said Josh Henderson, Six Flags White Water aquatics and safety manager. “But when it comes to the sun and the water, being prepared and informed is key.”

Here are some of Henderson's tips.

A parent or guardian should always watch young children and inexperienced swimmers very carefully. And those young children and inexperienced swimmers should always wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket. Parents should know that inflatable vests and water wings are not lifesaving devices.

Do not swim alone. Even the most experienced swimmers can get into trouble.

Be aware of your surroundings. Make sure you know where the deep and shallow areas are, check the currents and sudden depth changes.

Swim in areas with a lifeguard.

Obey all posted signs.

Pay attention to local weather conditions and forecasts.

Protect your skin by using sunscreen of at least SPF of 30, and keep reapplying it throughout the day.

Drink plenty of water, even if you're not thirsty.