According to the Children's Safety Network, the leading cause of death of Arizona children ages one to four is drowning and the Center for Disease Control ranks Arizona second in the nation for child drowning. Virtually all child drowning can be prevented by taking simple precautions.
First, and most important, is constant direct adult supervision. If a pool is anywhere nearby, taking your eyes off of a toddler for 2 seconds can result in tragedy. Even if your kids are older, drowning prevention requires that you keep a constant eye on them when they are in or around any pool, even a public pool with a lifeguard.
Second, there must be an adequate barrier around any pool, spa, or hot tub. State law and local ordinances require barriers five feet high with openings no larger than 4 inches in diameter. Gates and doors with pool access must be self locking.
Third, swimming classes for your children and CPR classes for you and your children will help keep your kids safe.
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