(HealthDay News) -- Once it gets hot, kids are naturally drawn
to playing in and near water. But thousands of kids end up in
emergency rooms each year because of near-drownings, and more than
1,000 under age 14 drown.
The American Academy of Pediatrics offers these guidelines to
help keep you and your family safe at the pool:
- Never leave children unsupervised in or around a pool --
particularly an inflatable pool -- even for a moment.
- All pools should be surrounded by a fence at least 4 feet high
without any openings that a child could squeeze through. The gate
latch should be out of a child's reach.
- Don't rely on devices such as "floaties," which don't offer
enough protection to keep a child from drowning.
- Provide swimming lessons for children as appropriate. Parents
should be CPR-certified.
- Make sure pool drain covers are not broken or missing.
- Keep equipment -- such as a rescue hook and life preservers --
nearby at all times.
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