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3 On Your Side: Late Summer Pool Safety Tips

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By Jim Donovan

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Now that it’s August, most kids have spent plenty of time in the swimming pool. Still, parents shouldn’t get too confident when letting them swim. So 3 On Your Side consumer reporter Jim Donovan has some reminders for late summer water safety.

Summer is entering the final stretch, but in our area there’s still more swim time ahead.

According to the Consumer Product Safety commission, drowning is the second leading cause of death for children between five and 14 years of age.

By this point in the season, many children have had swim lessons or camps, but reminders about pool safety, should be ongoing.

“We teach the children if they have long hair you need to tie your hair back, do not swim near a drain. If a cover is coming loose in a pool that, that pool needs to be shut down until it is repaired because you can become stuck,” said Karen Cohn with the ZAC Foundation.

Cohn lost her six-year-old son Zachary to a drain entrapment.

She’s since channeled her energy into the ZAC Foundation, which will hold a total of 25 camps across the country this summer teaching young swimmers ages five through nine their A-B-C-D’s of pool safety.

A — an adult should always be nearby

B — don’t climb over barriers like fences or gates if a pool is closed

C — classes like swim lessons and CPR

And D — drain safety.

Parents should avoid distractions when children are in the water, which is sometimes easier said than done.

Do not read a book, do not rely on lifeguards, do not check your phones, make sure your eyes are always on your children. That’s what’s most important.

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