Pool Safety

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With summer in full swing, people are spending more and more time around the swimming pool. Unfortunately that also means a better chance for accidents and drowning.

For example, this past week, a 26-year-old woman drowned after she jumped into a pool to save her two-year-old daughter. And a 15-year-old boy is still in critical condition after nearly drowning at Linwood pool, where he jumped the fence after hours.

Ellie and Danny Hughes love spending time around their pool. Their family and friends come over a lot. They admit though, pool safety is a big concern for them.

Ellie Hughes says, "Small kids can drown in a matter of minutes, so we're very concerned. We're always out here watching the kids when they're swimming. We never leave them alone."

The Hughes' have an automatic pool cover that can move into place with the turn of a key. They keep their pool covered when it's not in use to prevent any pool accident.

Danny Hughes says, "We do have younger kids that are in the neighborhood so we want to make sure they're safe. It's easy to get in so we make sure the pool's covered and it's something we do every day."

Pool safety experts say one of the worst things to do is go in after someone who is drowning. Instead you should throw them something and then lay down on the side of the pool to pull them in.

Red Cross Safety Expert Colette Kocour explains, "You want to be stable and if you just bend over at the side of the pool you're likely to get pulled in or lose your balance."

Kocour also says if you are not able to throw something to a drowning victim, then try and reach them without going in. She says while there are plenty of safety items out there for your home pool, the best defense is adequate supervision for those in and out of the water.

The Red Cross says you should always have childproof locks on doors and gates leading into the pool area. Learning to swim is also very important.


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