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Local and state officials remind people to stay safe when when swimming

The Fourth of July is a big holiday for people to get out and swim, but several local and statewide organizations are reminding people the importance of water safety.

When taking your kids to a public pool, Indian Mound officials urge you to pay attention at all times despite their being lifeguards around the area.  Roughly 90 drowning cases are reported in Illinois every year, and head manager Conner McLaughlin said getting your child into swimming lessons can help save lives.     

"I strongly encourage you to have some sort of background or experience before you bring your kids to a big public pool like this because there's a lot of scenarios that can happen and a lot of outside factors that can play into their safety," McLaughlin said.

According to Illinois Public Health officials, swim lessons can reduce the risk of drowning by as much as 88 percent. 

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