Tips to keep your kids safe around swimming pools this summer

Posted at: 07/10/2013 4:40 PM
Updated at: 07/10/2013 5:15 PM
By: Joangel Concepcion

Another tragedy involving a young child and a swimming pool. State Police in Lyons says a two-year-old child is in critical condition at Strong Hospital after being found unresponsive in a swimming pool in Lyons Wednesday morning.

This is the second incident this week where a child has ended up in a backyard swimming pool. The first happened on Monday. Two-year-old Cameron Vickers drowned in a backyard pool at a home daycare in Sweden. Wednesday's incident also involved a two-year-old child found in a swimming pool on Westphal Parkway in Lyons.  News10NBC has not received the name of the child, but officials say  they were first taken to Newark-Wayne hospital, then flown by Mercy Flight to Strong Memorial Hospital.
Even though we don't know the exact details from both incidents, we wanted to know what you can do to prevent anything like this from happening to your child.

Red Cross officials say more than 200 young children drown in backyard swimming pools each year and that's why they say it's important to know how to be safe while you and your kids are the water.
We had a very long winter and we were all itching to enjoy the beach and swimming pools.  But this time of year can actually be one of the most dangerous.

Red Cross emergency officials say to have a plan and be proactive. The Red Cross says CPR training can be very effective along with aquatic classes. They say make sure everyone in your family learns to swim well, even at an early age. These classes can save lives. If your child doesn't know how to swim, make sure they wear life jackets and just in case, have first aid kits handy.

The Red Cross also has some tips on how to make sure your home is safe.

Tim Pitoniak, Red Cross Emergency Services Director, said, “The most important thing is supervision. Make sure you're keeping an eye over, especially children under 5. This is the leading cause of death for children under 5 is drowning in home pools. Other than that, get some kind of barrier, a gate that's four feet high to make sure people are safe and stay away from it. A cover over the pool is also very important.”

There are CPR classes and aquatic classes available in our area. To learn more, click here.

The City of Rochester Bureau of Recreation’s Summer Swim Academy offers free swim lessons for youth 6-18 and low-priced lessons for adults. For more information, click here.