Pool drowning prevention: Tips to prevent a tragedy around the water

PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. - With more than two million pools in the state of Florida, experts say it's important to know how to prevent a drowning in your backyard.

Mario Santana, general manager of Protection One Security, says sixty percent of drownings happen in residential pools.

Santana says, "The biggest cause of pool drownings is unattended small children. Children unsupervised.. they get into the pool, they get exhausted ,and a tragedy happens after that."

Santana suggests installing a four foot tall fence around your pool, to prevent kids from getting in when they're not supposed to.

If you can afford to install them, he also suggests adding a security system with cameras that alerts you when someone has entered the pool area.

The Drowning Prevention Coalition of Palm Beach County suggests teaching your child how to swim at an early age.

Also, the Coalition advises pool owners to keep safety equipment readily available, like a life preserver.

Never leave a child unattended in water, even in a bathtub.

And have a designated "water watcher" who isn't distracted when watching kids in the pool.

Santana says,  "Always have somebody supervise the area who can take action. You want to control your area, you want to have somebody who can take immediate action."

For more tips visit: pbcgov.com/drowningprevention/

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