By: Emily Johnson
July 2, 2014
Thomasville, GA - We're smack in the middle of summer and most people are beating the heat by jumping in the pool, but it's not all fun.
There are some things that you should be aware of before diving in.
75% of all drowning deaths happen in the shallow end. That number is according to research done by the risk consulting firm, The Redwoods Group. They say more drowning deaths happen in five feet of water or less and of those drownings, 75% were children eight years old or younger.
The Thomasville YMCA is urging parents to be on the alert when little ones are playing in the pool.
"You can't have a false sense of security just because someone is in the shallow end of a pool that they're safe. Drownings can occur in the shallow water just as easily," said Tom Everett, Thomaville YMCA CEO.
The most important way to prevent child drownings is to teach children how to swim at an early age. Most YMCA's offer swimming lessons for all ages and levels starting from beginners and working up to advanced.
If you're interested in enrolling your children in swimming lessons you can visit This LINK.
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