WATER WEEK: Pool safety

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It is a childhood favorite, summertime at the pool. But an unfortunate fact remains, accidental drowning is still the 2nd leading cause of death for children under 15.

Doug Farmwald, from the American Red Cross of St. Joseph County offers several pieces of advice to swimmers before hitting the water.

First, never swim alone, even as an adult. Unexpected hazards and conditions can happen, that's why it is important someone knows to look for you.

Second, make sure to carefully moniter children, especially toddlers, in the water. Know the signs of drowning because it can happen in an instant.

Finally, know your surroundings and be prepared to help someone in distress. Flotation devices should always be near the pool. Long poles to help reel in a struggling individual can be helpful too. Most importantly, knowing rescue strategies like CPR can be extremely beneficial.

Click here for a link to the American Red Cross of St. Joseph County website. Here you will find tips to keep your family safe, and information about available classes throughout the summer.

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