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Recent drownings highlight pool safety

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CLEARWATER (FOX 13) -

It's a sad trend happening across the Bay area, young children drowning after slipping away for just seconds.

Drowning cases are every parent's fear.  Young kids face some of the biggest risks when it comes to water which is why lifeguards say rule number one is supervision.

On a blazing hot day, there's nothing like taking a dip. At the Sulphur Springs pool lifeguards keep a close eye on all the swimmers, but even still, danger is always just under the surface, which is why parents like Nicole Holman watch their kids like hawks.

"As a parent you just need to be there constantly watching them all the time," she said.

Because accidents only take seconds, we've seen a handful in recent weeks.

Tuesday night, a 3-year-old wandered out and died after drowning in a lake near his apartment in Clearwater.

In May, a pair of cousins, both under 2-years-old drowned in their grandparents pool in Lakeland and in Riverview a 5-year-old drowned in an apartment pool.

"Drowning is the leading cause of accidental death in kids ages 1-4, so it's very important to keep eyes on your kids at all times," said Louis Campanella, a certified lifeguard. He recommends folks start teaching their kids to swim starting as early as 6 months.

Campanella also reminds parents, something as simple as a lock can mean the difference between life and death.

"Use any barrier you can a fence locking your doors making sure gates are locked because they're every important to safety of pool area," he said.

He also encourages the use of Coast Guard certified flotation devices, for young swimmers and non-swimmers a like.

 
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