Drowning is the leading cause of unintentional injury-related death among children ages one to four, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.
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All pools should be surrounded by a fence with a self-closing, locking gate, according to Nemours Children’s Health. If that isn’t possible, experts recommend using a cover when the pool isn’t in use. You can add protection by installing door and window alarms to alert parents when a child goes outside.
During a gathering, plenty of adults may be around. But Gross said not everyone may be watching the pool. It’s important to assign an adult to watch children around the pool and enforce safety guidelines. Some water watcher programs encourage people to wear a special lanyard or scarf so other adults know who is responsible.
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