Swimming safety tips as summer heats up
BATON ROUGE - Hundreds of kids come to public pools like BREC's Liberty Lagoon every day. Here there are plenty of adults and lifeguards to keep an eye on what's going on.
But of course, you won't find that everywhere. That's why experts stress to make sure your kids know how to swim.
"It takes about a half an inch to an inch of water for someone to drown. It doesn't take a full size pool. And we recommend that kids take swim lessons as soon as they can. Either the water babies level ages 2-4 and above," says BREC Aquatics Manager Brett Weinberger.
Youkoum Pearson has most of her small kids in swimming lessons, and she's adding lifejackets as extra protection.
"We just put the lifejackets on we just kinda monitor them and let them know what they're about to get into. And they kinda know they have to stick by us the whole time they're here," she says.
Watching your kids at all times, can be tough in the midst of summer fun like poolside parties and at the beach. However, it could be the difference between a fun day and a tragedy.
"The main thing about safety and security of your children is always knowing where they're at because kids are fast and you can turn your back real quick and they're gone," warns Weinberger.
Drowning is the leading cause of death in small children, according to the Centers for Disease Control.