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Child Water Safety Precautions

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KENNEWICK, Wash.-- Many people are putting their kids in the pool to stay cool on these hot summer days, but a nice swim can turn dangerous very quickly.

A young girl was found unconscious in a pool Tuesday in Franklin County. These scary situations can happen in just a matter of seconds.

And it is important for inexperienced swimmers to use flotation devices that are fitted to your child's weight.

It only takes 20 seconds for an inexperienced child swimmer to drown. And the risks are high. Drowning is the leading cause of death for 1 to 4-year-olds. Water safety instructors recommend getting your children swimming lessons starting at an early age. And most importantly, parent supervision is vital.

"You have to be there all the time. Supervision. All because they have a life jacket on doesn't mean they're not going to drown. It doesn't replace supervision. You want to be watching them all the time. When you leave your pool, the children get out of the pool till you come back," said Mark Allen, water safety instructor.

Instructors urge adults to learn child CPR and always have a phone handy to call 911 in case of an emergency.

If your child does use a life jacket, it's important to make sure it's on snug and doesn't rise above their neck.