Preventing accidents in and around pools

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INDIANAPOLIS — Two children have died as a result of drowning in pools this week in Central Indiana. Monday, an 11 year-old Lawrence girl died after getting tangled in the cover of the family’s above-ground pool. Tuesday evening a six year-old girl drowned in the pool at the Lakeside Pointe at Nora apartment complex.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, drowning is the number one cause of injury death for children between the ages of one and four. Three children die daily as a result of drowning.

The CDC offers preventative tips for keeping children safe while swimming.

First, everyone in the family should learn to swim. Anyone supervising children should know CPR.

If you have a backyard pool, put up a four-sided fence around it and keep the gate closed and locked whenever you’re not swimming with your children.

Make life jackets a must near open water like lakes and rivers. Adults supervising children at the pool should be actively watching them, not doing any other activities like reading, talking on the phone or drinking alcohol.

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