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Keep children safe around pools

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The season for poolside get-togethers with friends and family is quickly approaching, and with it, the need for parents and caregivers to keep water safety top of mind.

Always remember:

– Water wings or floats shouldn’t be used as a substitution for supervision. Always designate a water watcher.

– Swim lessons can save your child’s life. Begin formal swim lessons before age 1 to reduce drowning risks.

– Learning CPR can be life-saving. If a child is not breathing, start CPR immediately to reduce long-term risks, rather than waiting for an ambulance. Take advantage of free classes in your area.

– Kelley Parris, Children’s Board of Hillsborough County

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