Pool Safety Tips

By: Amanda O'Neal
By: Amanda O'Neal

As summer approaches, it's time to thing about pool safety. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is warning about the increase in drowning deaths in inflatable pools.

There were 17 in 2005. Young children can drown in less than two inches of water. Water safety experts say constant supervision and education can prevent drownings.

"Through the American Red Cross we offer swimming lesson programs starting at six months to get the kids use to the water. Not only do we teach them how to swim. We teach them what to do if they get in a situation where the waters too deep," said lifeguard Lara Rigby.

It's also recommended to keep emergency flotation devices nearby and know CPR. Install a door alarm so you know if your child has gone outside unsupervised. Build a fence or barrier around the pool and remove toys from the pool after use.

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