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Safety Tips from the Heart of America Metro Fire Chiefs Council

Swimming Pool Safety

Childhood drowning ranks third nationwide for deaths of toddlers between the ages of one and four years. Most drowning and near drowning occurs in the backyard pool at the parents, relatives or a friends home. Children are often last seen napping or playing indoors while the adult caretaker was nearby but momentarily distracted. It is the momentary lapse in continuous supervision when the tragedy usually occurs. In one study, up to 79 percent of pool owners recalled a near-drowning episode in their pool, with 83 percent of those incidents involving young children. Remember that no child is water-safe even if he or she knows how to swim.

Preventative measures around the pool area

Ways to avoid accidents

Summon help when

Ways to help


Floyd Peoples, Chief Fire Marshal, Kansas City, Mo., Fire Department, 816-784-9100
Heart of America Metro Fire Chiefs Council, 9550 W. 95th St., Overland Park, Kan. 66212