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Water safety: Pool fences, swim lessons to keep your family safe this summer

Water safety: Pool fences, swim lessons to keep your family safe this summer
Posted at 12:33 PM, Jun 19, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-19 16:26:32-04

Summertime in the Valley means more pool time, and unfortunately, more pool dangers. 

As of June 19, 2018, there have been eight media-reported drownings in the Valley and nine other near-drowning incidents. 

Here is a list of groups, organizations and general tips to keep your family safe around the water. 

Swimming lessons

Drowning is the leading cause of death in children one to four years old, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Here are some options for swimming lessons, many of which are low-cost or free: 

Pool fences 

Water safety tips

Phoenix Fire Department offers an extensive list of water safety tips and pool fencing rules online. They include:

  • Use an approved barrier to separate the pool from the house.
  • NEVER allow children to be alone near a pool or any water source. This includes bathtubs, buckets, toilets, ponds and canals.
  • Have life-saving devices near the pool, such as a hook, pole, or flotation device.
  • Keep large objects such as tables, chairs, tricycles or ladders away from pool fences.
  • NEVER leave children unattended in or around a pool. ALWAYS have a designated child watcher.
  • Do not allow children to play in the pool area. Store all toys outside of the pool area.
  • If you leave the pool area, take the child (children) with you.
  • Learn to swim.
  • Never swim alone.
  • Never swim under the influence of alcohol or medications.
  • Never swim when you hear thunder or see lightning.
  • Never dive into an unfamiliar body of water.
  • Learn CPR