Pool Safety

By: Kassi Shelley Email
By: Kassi Shelley Email

DOTHAN-- It's hot out and a refreshing swim feels great... As long as you're being careful.

"Approximately ten people drown each day in the United States. Unfortunately two of the ten are between the ages of one and three years old and the majority of those are at home pools." said Chris Etheredge, Battalion Chief for Dothan Fire and Rescue.

And to prevent it from happening to your family, extra precautions should be taken.

"Never assume that the water's not too deep. You can drown in just a few inches of water."

Father and pool owner, Scott Bodiford, says that parents can never be too careful when it comes to backyard pools.

"If you're old enough to drive, you're old enough to dive. That's my motto."

And his concerns are viable according to safety officials.

"In addition to these safety precautions, parents should also make sure that their children wear SPF sunscreen at all times."

"The younger the child is the higher SPF they need to have. Like, children under three years of age should have at least fifty and everybody needs to have sunscreen applied thirty minutes before going out into the sun."

And as always....

"In case of an accident, have a phone close by. Call 911, don't be scared. Dial it if you think you need it."

So have fun this summer and... Don't let pool safety sink.

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