Tips to keep toddlers safe at Lubbock pools

Updated: May. 29, 2018 at 10:05 PM CDT
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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Lubbock Municipal pools officially opened for the summer on Tuesday.

We arrived at the Clapp Park swimming pool around 4 p.m. At that time, administrators told us that around 430 people had checked in so far.

With most schools being out and temperatures hitting triple digits, it's the perfect time to go to the pool. But visitors with kids need to be vigilant, especially those with toddlers.

Kayla Daniels, Aquatics Coordinator with the City of Lubbock says, "A lot of the drownings that are happening are little kids that stumble into the pools that they don't have the skills to swim. We do offer swim lessons to try and encourage those behaviors and teach our kiddos how to be safe in the water. The biggest thing is getting them out of the water safely."

According to a study done by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, from 2005 - 2014, there were an average of 3,536 fatal unintentional drownings annually in the United States, adding up to about 10 deaths per day.

The study states that children ages one to four have the highest drowning rates.

Daniels gave us some tips to help keep your little ones safe at the pool.

"Simply watching your kids. Not being distracted on cell phones or what's going on with other kids - keeping an eye on your own child. I like the rule to keep your non-swimmers within arm's reach so if something does happen, you're right there immediately and you can pick them up."

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