Here’s a summer safety tip. In farming communities we understand the importance of irrigation. It’s what makes the desert an oasis.

Ditches and canal waterways can be really dangerous for kids. I remember growing up and swimming every day in a nearby canal. Our parents taught us to stay away from culverts and small bridges. The problem with these is that if a child gets caught, it is almost impossible to rescue them in time.

City governments and councils address the problems of dangerous areas within the city’s jurisdiction, but where the real problem lies is with each individual property owner.

As homeowners, we need to be proactive and make sure our property is safe regardless of whether or not we have children. We often read about pool safety tips, but there aren’t a lot of swimming pools where I live because of the cold winter months. Most kids do the same that we all did as kids around here.

They find a ditch or canal and jump in. We all usually get the regular safety tip discourse about water safety, but somehow there still seems to be several people that drown every summer.

Around here the pool safety tips still apply, but they need to be altered for our lifestyle. There are inherent dangers when you harness water power. In most cases of drowning, the individual went beyond the safe boundaries or overestimated his or her swimming abilities.

As parents, we need to go over the pool safety tips that pertain to each area where they swim.

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