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Swimming Pool Safety Tips to Protect Your Family From Accidents in Georgia

June 05, 2017

A Cartersville, GA family was devastated this Memorial Day weekend after their three-year-old baby girl drowned in the family swimming pool. In March, a four-year-old boy drowned in a community swimming pool after being in the water for nineteen minutes. The death of these children is another chilling reminder to homeowners who own pools to take appropriate precautions to prevent a tragedy like this from ever happening again.

The tragic events unfolded on the afternoon of Saturday, May 27, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Police received a 911 call from a private residence that a child was found in the pool around 1:00 p.m. She was unconscious and not breathing when removed from the water according to the 911 caller. Emergency Medical Service technicians, along with other first responders, arrived on scene and immediately administered cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) efforts. Tragically, doctors pronounced the child deceased at a local hospital. Although the police have called the situation a tragic accident, they are continuing to investigate.

In March, a four-year-old boy drowned in the community pool at an apartment complex in Gwinnett County, according to The Atlanta Journal Constitution. The child was eating dinner with his mother when he got up and ran out of the room. His mother thought he was playing and did not pay too much attention at first. After a few minutes passed, the mother could not find her child. In an effort to find her son, she sought the assistance of family who lived in the apartment complex as well as one of the managers of the facility. After having been missing for 19 minutes, someone found the boy face down in the pool. His uncle pulled him out and began performing CPR. Tragically, the boy died.

The initial police investigation revealed that workers left the pool area about 10 minutes before the boy approached the water. Surveillance video shows the boy throwing a book into the pool. No pool attendants or lifeguards were present at the time. Police did not know how the boy was able to get into the pool area. The boy's uncle, however, told reporters that the bar on the gate was missing a bar. The missing bar allowed the gate to be moved far enough to allow a small child to fit. The uncle also said that another gate was open in addition to the broken gate. Police investigated the area on the night of the incident and found all gates were chained shut, but that one gate was missing a bar. News reports suggested that the facility has since repaired the broken gate as well.

The Gwinnett County Sherriff's office spokesperson used this sad incident to remind parents to teach their child to swim. Additionally, the spokesperson suggested that people should immediately check pools, bathtubs, and ponds if a child goes missing. Pools and ponds tend to attract children, the police officer explained.

The Mayo Clinic agrees with the officer's assessment. People must be aware that pools and other bodies of water are drawn to water.  With that understanding, the Mayo Clinic offers several life-saving tips for people who live with pools and hot tubs:

• Learn CPR,
• Always supervise children,
• Do not drink alcohol while supervising young children as they swim,
• Teach kids to swim and even after they learn to swim, always be nearby,
• Install fencing around the pool that is four feet tall or higher and put an alarm on it,
• Remove toys from the water,
• Have safety equipment immediately at hand,
• Block access to pools and hot tubs when not in use, and
• Beware of drains.

Also, property owners must obey all local ordinances and by-laws about pool safety.

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