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Pool safety tips: 57 water incidents in Maricopa, Pinal counties in six months

8 tips to keep your children safe around water
Posted at 4:30 AM, Jun 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-27 14:31:41-04

When the heat is rising the water starts calling all of us but especially curious kids. 

Since the start of the year, there have been 59 water incidents in Maricopa and Pinal counties. Eight of of the water incidents turned deadly for children.  

Lori Schmidt with Drowning Prevention Coalition AZ says even the most careful parents can miss a few safety spots. She says you have to control the access points to the pool starting with any outside gates, you never know when a curious neighborhood kid will seize a window of opportunity or your own child as you unload the car. 

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"We always want to make sure the gates are locked and it's shut but also that it has a good spring so when it's opened it shuts and latches automatically," said Schmidt. 

Water Safety Tips:

- An isolated pool fence is a must and Schmidt points out that you check to make sure the springs are tight so it self-closes. 

- Watch for rust spots along the fence, a motivated child could push the fence down. 

- If you have pets make sure they don't dig holes that little ones can squeeze under. 

- Keep any large objects that could be used as steps by a kid who likes to climb away from both sides of the fence. 

- Even for homes that don't have kids but could have a few young visitors during pool parties, make sure you're not defeating the purpose of safety tools. 

- If you have a pool net or cover, put it on as soon as everyone is out of the pool. 

- Door alarms and heavy, high latches are an excellent safety tool as long as you're not propping the door open for your guests. 

- Don't leave pool toys in the water to entice young children. 

ABC's of water safety:

- Adult supervision. Designate a 'Water Watcher' or hire a lifeguard for parties. The rule of thumb is hands on kids under four, eyes on older kids. 

- Barriers in place

- Classes so children and adults know how to swim. 

Check out more tips and tools to keep your whole family safe around water this weekend