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Swimming pool safety

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YAKIMA, Wash.-- We're well into summer vacation and swimming pools are packed. So now the big topic on many parent's minds, safety.

Jason Zeller is the Parks and Recreation's Aquatic Specialist, responsible for the 2 public swimming pools in Yakima.

He reminds parents just how easy it is for accidents to happen in the swimming pool.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention more than 3,400 people drown each year. 1 in 5 of those victims is a child.
Zeller says parents play a crucial role in preventing drowning, and he says there are steps they should take when at the pool.

The basics are the best he says. Never leave your kids unsupervised and keep a fence around your pool at home.

"There's a lot of things you can do. 1, educated your kids. You want to tell them the do's and dont's," said Zeller. "You never go swimming with strangers, for one. If you do go swimming and you're a non-swimmer swim with an adult. Kids don't count."

Zeller also warns that water wings are not a safe floatation device for kids. He recommends parents use Coast Guard approved life jackets instead.