When splashing in the water we all forget for a moment of how dangerous it can be.

With perfect summer weather (hot and sunny), we all want to enjoy a day at the beach, on a boat or pool. Unfortunately, summer fun can become deadly if you don't know how to protect yourself and others. Another sad news article just came to light.  According to Mlive...

A 7-year-old Michigan boy drowned in a pool while attending a birthday party in Southwest Michigan. The Cass County sheriff’s office says the boy was at a home in Milton Township on Saturday when he accidentally fell and drowned in the pool. He was given CPR and taken by ambulance to a hospital in South Bend, where he later died.

And it is not just children that suffer the death of drowning...

Police have located the body of a man who was missing and presumed to have drowned in Green Lake this weekend. The body of 58-year-old Michael Raymond Pawloski, of Caledonia, was found and recovered at 2:15 p.m. on Monday, July 22 from Green Lake in Allegan County’s Leighton Township. Pawloski was reported missing on Saturday, July 20 after he disappeared underwater while swimming near a pontoon boat. He was not wearing a life jacket.

Everyone is at risk of losing their lives when a fun day on the lake or at the pool proves to be fatal.

Growing up on the water, my parents actually had me swimming before I could walk. In junior high they made me take " Jr. life guard classes". Having a healthy fear of water could save your life. Summer is no fun when your heart is broken.

Here are some tips from NSC.org to keep everyone safe this summer...

  • Don't go in the water unless you know how to swim; swim lessons are available for all ages
  • Never swim alone
  • Learn CPR and rescue techniques
  • Make sure the body of water matches your skill level; swimming in a pool is much different than swimming in a lake or river, where more strength is needed to handle currents
  • If you do get caught in a current, don't try to fight it; stay calm and float with it, or swim parallel to the shore until you can swim free
  • Swim in areas supervised by a lifeguard
  • Don't push or jump on others
  • Don't dive in unfamiliar areas
  • Never drink alcohol when swimming; alcohol is involved in about half of all male teen drownings, according to KidsHealth.org

A day in the water can be fun, just make sure you are safe. Know your limits and have a great time!