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It's summer: Pool owners must take care to ensure safety of kids

It's summer in the Inland Empire, and we know what that means. It's going to get hot. And then even hotter. Your kids will clamor for a way to cool off, so get ready to hook up the lawn sprinkler for them to run through.

But sometimes, there might be a more attractive option nearby: a community pool or perhaps a neighbor's home with a swimming pool. With that beautiful and refreshing blue water comes the inherent danger of drowning.

According to the Desert Sun newspaper, drowning is the most common cause of injury death in California for the youngest kids. In fact, 45 youngsters age 5 and under died statewide from drowning in 2016, Through March of this year, four children in Riverside County had died in 2018 from drowning, and in the last month alone, CalFire responded to three near-drownings in the county, the newspaper reported.

Even those near-drownings can have long-term effects on children, depending on how much water they take into their lungs to how long they are under water. Their impairments could range from chronic lung problems to brain injury.

The bottom line? Young children, and even teenagers, never should be near a pool without supervision, authorities said. And no matter how safe you think the pool might be – maybe there's a fence or an alarm -- dangers exist.

Pools attract children, and kids have a way of escaping the watchful eyes of adults in just a split second. All pool owners should make sure that gates around their pools are latched closed at all times. They also should take caution not to leave anything near a fence, such as a plastic chest commonly used to hold pool toys or equipment, that little ones could use to climb over. Lifeguards charged with watching swimming pools never should let their eyes veer away from their responsibility.

Summer is meant to be enjoyed, a time of fun when family memories are made. All pool owners need to take care to make sure their negligence does not lead to a summertime tragedy that could have been prevented.

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