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Pool Drowning Deaths Jump in 2012


With record temperatures all over the country this month, the pool might seem like the best way to keep cool and have some fun outdoors. But even if your kids swim like fish, it’s absolutely imperative to stay vigilant. “Drowning is quick and silent; it can happen before any adult knows about it,” says Inez Tenenbaum, chairwoman of the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

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Drowning is the number one cause of death of children under 5 and deaths are on the rise, according to a report by TODAY, so it’s worth reviewing pool safety guidelines to keep your little mermaid or merman safe.

Plus: All About Infant Swimming Lessons

Since Memorial Day, 77 people have drowned in a pool (most of them kids), and 78 others were involved in near-drowning experiences. Each year, 390 kids under 14 die in accidental drownings, so pool safety should be on everyone’s mind when that temperature creeps up the thermometer.

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One of the best things you can do for your child is teach them to swim. Babies as young as four months old can learn basic water survival skills along side their parent in programs like Waterbabies, Infant Swim and others.

What measures have you taken to keep your kids safe at the pool this summer?