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By  Stephanie Springer  - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –Several recent drownings serve as a reminder of the dangers that pools pose and how important it is to keep an eye out for kids looking to cool off.

The EMS director says every year they have anywhere from 3 to 6 drownings in Albany. Most of those drownings are children and most of the time children die because they are not properly supervised by an adult.

The Carver Public Pool is a popular spot for kids looking to beat the summer heat, but neighbors say its also a popular spot for kids to sneak into after closing hours. "It be at dark when they go in there, there be a group of them," said Luella Johnson.

Luella Johnson and Betty Craig live right across the street from Carver Public pool. "Those little kids will come and jump the fence and get into that pool and I think that's dangerous," said Craig.

"I see some little kids that be over there at the swimming pool 11:00 or 12:00 at night," said Johnson.

Something they say happens almost every week. "We do have neighbors around here and they will call us and report to us if they see someone jumping the pool," said Recreation Supervisor Chris Henderson.

Recently there have been several drownings in Georgia, a seven year old boy in Suwanee drowned in an apartment complex pool Monday.

That was just a few hours before seven year old John Perry Roberts drowned when he hopped a fence and jumped into a neighbor's pool on Endicott Lane.

There are rules in place in Albany to help make pools safer. "If you have more than 24 inches of water you are required to have a fence that's at last 4 feet height and a self locking gate," said Code Enforcement Director Mike Tilson.

But kids make it difficult if they jump the fences.

"In our country we would probably have a lot more deaths had it not been for codes like the international property maintenance code," said Tilson.

EMS Director Bobby Tripp says adult supervision is key when it comes to pool safety. He advices all parents to learn CPR and take their children for swimming lessons to help prevent any potential tragedies.

The director of Code enforcement says their department is complaint driven..so if you see a house with a pool without a fence around it call them..or if you happen to see kids swimming in a pool they don't belong to call the police.

Code enforcement officials say something else many people don't realize is you cannot have a pool in your front yard.

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