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Take steps to prevent drowning in pools

As the temperatures are scorching, many people in Phoenix are hitting pools and experts offer advice to keep yourself and your children safe.

The Phoenix Fire Department recommends if you see someone experiencing problems in the water that you yell for assistance and pull the person out of the water. It urges you to call 9-1-1- right away and stay on the line. Perform CPR on the person, or if you are not trained in this technique, follow the directions the 9-1-1 operator gives you until help arrives.

In order to try to prevent drownings, the Phoenix Fire Department said you should use an approved barrier to separate your house from your pool. It also said children should never be allowed to be alone near a pool or any water source, including bath tubs, buckets, toilets, ponds and canals. The fire department urges you to keep a hook, pole, flotation device or other life-saving materials near the pool. It also said you should always have someone designated to watch your children when they are in a pool.

Phoenix Fire Department officials also say no one should swim alone and no one should swim while under the influence of medications or alcohol. Learn how to swim and do not swim when you hear or see lightning or thunder. To learn more water safety tips, visit phoenix.gov/fire/safety-information/home/water.

 

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