Memorial Day weekend means that most public pools in the area are opening their gates.
Before you head out in the water, make sure you and your family can swim.
A survey conducted for the Red Cross says that people think they are better swimmers than what they actually are.
The study found that 80 percent of Americans said they could swim but just over 50 percent of those couldn't complete all basic skills that could save their life while swimming.
If you're swimming make sure you have a friend with you.
"Make sure you always have someone there with you while you're swimming, even if you're an adult," says Wanda Willis from Safe Kids Central Shenandoah Valley.
"If you're not the best swimmer or you haven't been in there for awhile, make sure that you have somebody there that could help you if you had any issues," says Willis.
Willis also says exhaustion is one of the causes to people getting injured around the pool.
She says to make sure that you take frequent rest while swimming.
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