Beware of swimming dangers as temperatures heat up in western Washington this weekend

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It could be dangerous this weekend in waterways around western Washington as people seek refuge from the heat.

There are a few swimming locations around the Seattle area, like Magnuson and Madison parks and Green Lake’s West Beach, where lifeguards are staffed. However, statistics from the American Red Cross show 63% of people swim in places without a lifeguard present.

Some communities around western Washington are not using lifeguards in swimming areas because of budget concerns or to promote social distancing. The Red Cross is concerned that not having a lifeguard could be a factor that leads to more drownings during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Another issue is that many swim schools are closed, and people will not have access to improving or learning how to swim. The Red Cross moved its water safety and CPR classes online during the pandemic.

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