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Keep kids safe this summer with water safety

June 23, 2007

Albany -- Now that the summer is here and the temperatures are rising many children will be hitting the pools to stay cool.

But its important that they are supervised at all times while in and around the water. Drowning is the second leading cause of injury-related deaths in children under the age of 15.

It is recommended that kids swim in pools rather than lakes because conditions are easier to control in case of an accident.

"Try to keep them in the pool because the water is a lot cleaner, it's sanitary. You don't know what's in those ponds and stuff," said Captain Marty Leverett of the Albany Fire Department. "You don't know the depth and you don't know the current so it's a lot safer to have them swimming in the pool. "

In case of an accident call 9-1-1 and administer CPR until help arrives. The American Red Cross offers classes where you can become CPR certified.

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