La Crosse, WI (WXOW) - The number of drownings in Minnesota is one of the highest statewide in a decade.
According to data through July 1 by the State Department of Natural Resources, at least 25 people have died of non boating-related drownings.
With the summer heat now in full swing, more people are heading to the beach or pool to cool off.
Y Aquatics Director Brenda Maxwell says now is the time to reinforce the need for water safety.
She says there are two rules to keep in mind when swimming. First, never swim alone. If you plan on swimming have a buddy come with. Secondly, children need to have an adult or parent with them to supervise at all times. Even if they are just going to a local pool.
If you are swimming in a lake or river, Maxwell suggest going to an area where a lifeguard is present. The city of La Crosse has two beaches on the water. One is on the Mississippi River at Pettibone Beach. The other is Black River Beach on the northside. Both beaches have lifeguards so ideally those would be the two places that you should swim.
Maxwell adds that adults and children should always wear life jackets and everyone should know how to swim.
Swimming lessons are offered in La Crosse at the Y and through the Park and Rec Department.
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