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Proper safety steps to prevent drownings

Posted at 4:11 PM, Jul 28, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-28 21:21:00-04

After the drowning of a 7-year-old boy in a murky family pool, the Tucson Fire Department is urging parents to follow the proper safety measures. 

In an instant, a young child can get away from their parents. 

"Children are very sneaky, and they are magicians," says Andrew Skaggs with the Tucson Fire Department. "They'll be by your side, you turn to do one thing, and they're gone." 

In Tucson, there have been nine water related incidents. Six of those have been deadly - three children and three adults have drowned. 

Another three have been near drownings. 

The steps to take to prevent the loss of a child is as easy as your ABC's.

  • (A) Active adult supervision - No phones, no chatting with friends 
  • (B) Barriers 
  • (C) Classes teaching your kids to Swim and learning CPR 

"Chances are you won't have to do CPR if you follow those steps," says Skaggs. 

Skaggs says in Tucson, newer homes need to have barriers around their pools. 

While older homes don't need barriers, many people put them in just incase. 

If you're not using your pool - officials say drain it. 

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