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Summer Water Safety

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(KCEN) -- It's the first weekend of summer vacation in Central Texas and while it's great to enjoy the weather outside, trying to beat the heat with water activities can be dangerous without the right safety precautions.

Splash pads and public pools are already busy with kids enjoying summer, but some of the most common injuries in the emergency room are because of slips and falls on the pavement around these areas. It's important to always supervise children and remind them to walk slowly on slippery surfaces.

Waterborne illness can be another concern for doctors in the summer. Dr. Robert Greenberg of Baylor Scott & White says public pools and even natural lakes and rivers can harbor harmful bacteria. One of the most common infections is Staph, which can be incredibly dangerous if it gets into your blood stream. This happens if your kids are swimming with an open wound or cut when the water isn't clean. "Swimming pools look beautiful, nice and clear...there's still bacteria in there," Greenberg said. "But still, the splash pads and the public pools are safer than the lakes and the natural water."

Click here for a list of splash pads in Waco, Temple or Killeen.
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