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Water safety tips from KCSO before summer season

Unofficial start of summer this weekend
Posted at 4:30 PM, May 25, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-25 19:30:28-04

Warm days and less school means more people in the water during the summer. Before heading into the unofficial start to the summer, Memorial Day Weekend, Kern County Sheriff deputies are reminding swimmers to be extra cautious.


Deputies said 33 people in 2017 died due to drowning, 15 of which died in the Kern River.


According to the Center for Disease Control 9 people drown every day in the United States. And drowning is the leading cause of death among infants and children between 1 to 4 years old.


Kern County Sheriff deputies are reminding swimmers to follow these rules when swimming:

* Swimming pools are the leading cause of death by drowning in Kern County.

* Avoid swimming alone.

* Designate adults to watch children when having a swimming party.

* Never leave children alone or unattended near a swimming pool, even for a second.

* When supervising a child who is swimming, adults need to always maintain “touch supervision swimming” – meaning the adult can reach out and touch or assist that child at any moment if needed.  

* When supervising a child who is swimming, an adult should never be distracted or engaged in any other activity.

* Of all preschoolers who drown, 70% are in the care of one or both parents at the time of drowning and 75% are missing for five minutes or less.

* Install a fence around your pool, and lock the gate to the pool when not in use.

* Remove all toys from the swimming pool when not in use, toys attract children. 

* Consider installing a pool alarm, which will sound if a person enters the pool area. 

* Teach children to swim at an early age.

* Take the time to learn CPR.

* Install a phone outside near the pool.

* If you have an above ground pool, remove the ladder when not in use.

* If a child is missing, always check the pool first.  Time is important.  The majority of children who survive non-fatal submersions are discovered within two minutes.