No Kidding around Pools

Steps to prevent young ones from drowning

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(HealthDayNews) -- If you own a swimming pool and have young children or young visitors, you need to be extra careful.

Kids under the age of five make up only 7 percent of the U.S. population, yet 1,000 of them die each year in home drownings.

You should consider building a fence around your pool, if you haven't done so already. And you can also buy pool alarms for as little as $80. They sound when an object 15 pounds or heavier splashes into the water. In addition, keep a first-aid kit and a portable phone by the pool in case of an emergency.

But nothing replaces adult supervision. If kids are near the pool, a grownup should never be more than a few feet away.

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