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Summer Water Safety Tips

LifeandHomes urges families with young children to make water safety a priority, particularly as they spend more time in and around pools during this summer. Child drownings continue to be the leading cause of death among children ages 1 to 4 years old, according to a report released this month by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

CPSC urges parents and caregivers to follow Pool Safely safety steps and to use layers of protection. Parents and caregivers can follow these steps to keep children safer in and around the water:


* Never leave a child unattended in or near water, and always designate an adult Water Watcher. This person should not be reading, texting, using a phone or being otherwise distracted. In addition to pools and spas, this warning includes bathtubs, buckets, decorative ponds, and fountains.

* If you own a pool or spa, install layers of protection, including barriers to prevent an unsupervised child from accessing the water. Homes can use door alarms, pool covers, and self-closing, self-latching devices on fence gates and doors that access pools.

* Learn how to perform CPR on children and adults. Many communities offer online CPR training.

* Learn how to swim and teach your child how to swim.

* Keep children away from pool drains, pipes, and other openings to avoid entrapments.

* Ensure every pool and spa you use has drain covers that comply with federal safety standards. If you do not know, ask your pool service provider about safer drain covers.

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