Pool Safety Tips

Drowning is the #1 cause of death for children under five and it usually happens without warning

August 20, 2019

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By Steven John

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), drowning is the #1 cause of death for children under five and it usually happens without warning and without a sound.

Seventy-seven percent of drownings occur less than five minutes after the child was last seen often in their room, or sleeping according to pool safety expert Eric Lufton.

Lufton says that toddler drownings are almost completely preventable when multiple layers of protection are implemented.

Parents and others supervising pool sessions should get trained in CPR.

Listen to the interview in this segment of Eye on the Community.