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June 24, 1996: Poof safety, then and now

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Chesterfield, MO (KSDK) - As the heat keeps rising, the activity in area and backyard pools is increasing. With more and more children splashing into the water, pool safety is among one of the highest concern for area parents.

In 1996, two hotel pool drowning cases first alerted NewsChannel 5's Kay Quinn to the growing epidemic of pool safety for kids.

Parents are recommended to enroll their children in local swimming classes not only for swimming instruction but also peace of mind. National statistics show pre-school kids five and under as the group with the highest rate of injuries and drowning. But the threat extends to teenagers as well.

Local authorities recommend that to prevent pool accidents:
-Never swim alone.
-Children should never swim without an adult present.
-Adults should never leave the pool area.
-Do not rely on pool toys to keep kids afloat.

Even backyard pools should have basic lifesaving equipment to prevent any type of accident.


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