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Officials Encourage Pool Safety this Fourth of July

 
Officials Encourage Pool Safety this Fourth of July
Posted Wednesday, July 2nd 2014 @ 4pm

It's hot out, plain and simple. But before you take a dip, there are pool safety tips you need to know, especially because Fourth of July is known for increases in drownings.

"So far, throughout this year, we've seen 18 drownings of children in California," Scott Wolfson, the communications director for the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, said. 

Wolfson says now is the time for communities and families to take action and keep kids safe while they enjoy their time in the pool this holiday weekend.

"The No. 1 message is to get the kids into swim lessons," he said. 

Wolfson says there are organizations such as the Red Cross that offer free lessons for kids, and that to be water safe you need to not be afraid of the water.

"There are some parents, especially in the African-American and Hispanic communities, that have a fear of the water. It's time to break that fear and not pass it on to the next generation of kids," Wolfson said. 

Some tips: pools need to have self-closing and latching gates, homes need to have door alarms and "we really encourage all families to go to poolsafely.gov and take our pledge," Wolfson said. 

 

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