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Drowning Prevention As Simple As A-B-C-D

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LAS VEGAS -- One of the biggest killers of children in the state isn't the heat, but pools.

Drowning is the third leading cause of death among children and officials are urging parents to be on high-alert this summer near swimming pools

Parents and guardians are advised to follow the ABCs and D of drowning prevention.

A is for Adult Supervision

B is for Barriers

C is for Classes in Swimming and CPR

D is for Devices

Community Ambulance is educating the youngest of swimmers at Taylor Elementary School in hopes of preventing a disaster this summer.

"It's literally seconds and it's a silent killer, unfortunately," said Ted Milano of Community Ambulance. "It doesn't need to be someone who doesn't know how to swim and it doesn't have to take place in large body or water."

Gregory Blackburn with the Southern Nevada Child Drowning Prevention Coalition said in the early 2000s an average of eight to 10 children a year drowned.

Those statistics have since improved.

"The last couple of years, the numbers have dropped four or five a year," he said.

Blackburn said in order to keep those numbers on the decline, parents should always keep an eye on their children and use the ABCD's of drowning prevention.

Many resources are available, from free swimming classes to products that can detect if your child falls in the pool, including Clayre's Pool Fence Fund and the Southern Nevada Child Drowning Prevention Coalition.


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