YUMA, AZ -The Summer season means many families will head out to local pools and water parks, but it is also a time when parents must be extra careful when children head out to swim. Experts say each year children drown in local swimming pools and Rivers each summer. They say the most common reason is because they are left unattended.
The Yuma Fire Department says although Arizona is a desert state, it has the highest drowning rate and young children face a higher risk.
"Every year Arizona loses the equivalent of a classroom full of children, children four and under are at the highest risk." Says, Mike Erfert.
Experts say most drownings can be prevented if children are supervised. This is something Laura Chavez says she does to keep her kids safe as well.
"Just making sure that they don't go out here alone but that someone is watching them and constantly checking on them." Says Laura.
Mike Erfert from the Yuma Fire Department says there are a few things people can do to keep their children safe while taking a swim.
"Things we like people to do is one, adult supervision is critical and not just having an adult in the area but having that adult that their job is to watch the kids and that they are being responsible and being relentless in the supervision of those children."
The Yuma Fire department also advises parents to add barriers around pools so children don't wander into the water when no one is present. Adults should also learn CPR, and have life vests on hand if planning a trip to the river. Children should also be made aware of the dangers.
"My mom she like always takes care of me she will always watch me and even sometimes she even doesn't let me go in the pool so I can stay more safer." Says, Jennifer Gutierrez.
Where ever you decide to take a swim this summer. The Yuma fire department wants to ensure you stay safe and avoid having to take a trip to the emergency room.
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