Swimming safety encouraged for children, parents

(WIAT) — Every year, about 380 children younger than age 15 drown in pools or spas.

Experts said keeping that number from climbing is mostly up to parents.

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, drownings are the number one cause of death for children under the age of 5. A majority of them happen in residential, in-ground pools.

CPSC chairman Elliot Kaye, said it doesn’t take long for an accident to happen.

“It’s not like the movies, it’s not where you see somebody splashing and screaming for help to get your attention,” Kaye said. “Drowning is a silent killer, they go under and it’s over, and we just don’t want that to happen again, this is 100 percent preventable.”

If you have a pool at home, you can keep your children safe by putting a locked fence around it.

You’re also encouraged never leave your kids unattended, get your kids swimming lessons at an early age and CPR classes for you, just so you are prepared for the worst-case scenario.

Copyright 2015 WIAT 42 News

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