It's Almost Pool Time; Here are Some Water Safety Tips

Pools equal fun in the sun, but with the lack of safety, swimming can lead to the possibility of a tragedy.
"Their littlest brother fell into the water weeks ago and they were pushing him up to the edge, they were there right away," said Patricia Rolon.

Luckily, three of Rolon's four children have already taking swimming lessons and were able to save their younest brother from drowning.

Without the knowledge and preperation, some aren't as lucky as the Rolon kids.

From 2005-2009, according to the Center for Disease Control, there were more than 3,500 fatal unintentional drownings

About one in five of them, are children 14 years old and younger.

Mark Allen of Allen Water Rescue Services said the number one thing parents can do is watch their children.

"Supervision, supervision, supervision," said Allen. "If your child is in a pool, the parent must be within arm's length at all times."

Rolon's oldest son, Paul, 8, said in addition to having a parent around, he knows what to do to be safe.

"Have a life jacket on and have a friend with you," said Paul Rolon.

"The problem we're having is kids are sneaking out of the windows and the back doors and all those should have alarms so it alerts the parents or someone that someone is going out the door," said Allen.

A four-sided isolation fence, separating the pool area from the house and yard, reduces a child's risk of drowning by 83%.

Luca Rolon, 7, said anytime he if he is ever around water without a parent in mind, he keeps this in mind.

"You don't get in," said Luca Rolon.

The key to prevention is always education.

Yakima Valley Memorial is offering an infant CPR class Thursday night from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

If you're in the Tri-Cities, the Columbia Basin Raquet Club holds classes throughout the year for general CPR training.

The next one is next Tuesday, May 20th at 6 p.m.

Remember, water safety is not limited to pools, with so many summer activites surrounding the Columbia and other local rivers, having a life jacket on in the river and other open bodies of water can be the difference between life and death.

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