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Safety tips for swimmers hitting the pool

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UNION GAP, Wash.-- With the warm summer weather hitting our region, many of us are looking to cool off by hitting the pool.

However, with the fun comes the risk of getting hurt or even drowning. Stores that sell pools want to remind you to always supervise any kids swimming, make sure you have life jackets or other floating devices in the area, and check the pool's depth before diving in. They say putting a little extra effort into safety can go a long way.

"You need to go over the safety rules with children or with anyone coming into the pool... Most accidents happen at home in the residential areas," says Carrie Greenough, owner of The Clover Leaf

Nearly 400 children die in swimming pool-related accidents every year and over five thousand children are treated for injuries.

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