Pool safety saves lives

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Updated: 5/27/2014 11:45 am
RENO, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) -- Most pools are now open, which means it's a good time for a swimming safety check. The dangers are very real; last summer, over 300 children in the US drowned. Most were under the age of 5.

Experts say active parenting is key, they remind moms and dads to keep an eye on kids as they're splashing around. It's also a good time to check the locks on fences and gates around pools and make sure pool drain covers are up to code.

Swimming lessons should start early in life if possible, according to Olympic gold medalist swimmer Katie Ledecky.

"My mom personally taught me how to swim when I was about 4 or 5 years old, so very young. . . at first we just started playing games, learning how to blow bubbles and get my head above water," Ledecky said.

To learn more, you can visit poolsafely.gov.

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