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The Southwest Florida Drowning Prevention Committee wants to share some safety tips to help protect children from drowning this summer. They believe that every family that owns a pool should have drain safety covers, life jackets, pool alarm, and a self-closing and self-latching gate.

Even a floatation device can only do so much. Experts say what they won’t do is replace a parent’s set of eyes while kids are walking around poolside.

“An adult needs to watch the child totally undistracted by any other jobs or activities,” said Diane Diane Holm of Lee County Public Safety,

Children like to explore and officials say two-year-old boys are the most at-risk when it comes to drowning.

Lee County has had a near record number of drownings this year, a sober reminder to parents to keep their children safe. Most drownings occur when both parents are in the area. It doesnt even take a pool for a child to drown. A bucket with an inch of water is a potential drowning hazard. Be on the lookout for hazards in your home.

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