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4th of July Pool Safety: Tips to Avoid Drowning in Brookhaven

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BROOKHAVEN, GA – As the July 4th weekend approaches, the residents of Brookhaven are gearing up for a dip in the water.

However, the fun of summer can end in tragedy.

Just last Saturday, a one-year-old boy in Wrentham, Massachusetts, drowned in a backyard swimming pool as his family celebrated Father’s Day. Family members performed CPR on young Angelo Nicoloro, but it was too late. He died soon after in a Rhode Island hospital.

Angelo is among the latest drowning victims, which kills about 10 Americans every day, about 3,400 a year, according to Stop Drowning Now, an activist group that seeks to prevent drowning. Drowning is the leading killer of children aged 4 and under, according to the group.

Among all people, drowning remains the fifth leading cause of unintentional death, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Children, like Angelo, are at particularly high risk of drowning.

About 750 children drown in swimming pools and natural water bodies each year, 375 within 25 meters of a parent or adult, according to the CDC. More surprisingly, according to the CDC, 10% of parents watch their children drown because they don’t know it’s happening.

After Angelo’s death, Wrentham Police Chief Bill McGrath pleaded with parents to always keep an eye on their children, especially when there is a swimming pool at home.

“You have to be hyper vigilant beyond reason,” McGrath wrote on Facebook. “Swimming pools are really a trap for the little ones in our world, so fun at first glance, so dangerous at the same time. The little ones see only the fun.”

Here are six tips provided by PoolSafely.gov to keep swimming pools safe:

  1. Never leave a child unattended in or near water.
    The public education campaign also recommends that parents and caregivers remain vigilant even if there is a lifeguard on duty.
  2. Teach children to swim.
    “Swimming isn’t just fun, it’s a vital skill.”
  3. Teach children to stay out of sewers.
    Children’s hair, limbs, jewelry, or swimwear can all get caught in a drain or suction opening. Make sure you locate the drains before entering the pool.
  4. Make sure all pools and spas you visit have compliant drain covers.
    The powerful suction of a pool or spa drain is enough to trap even an adult.
  5. Install appropriate barriers, covers and alarms on and around your pool and spa.
    “A fence at least 4 feet high should surround the pool or spa on all sides and should not be accessible to children. Water should only be accessible through a self-closing, self-locking door. “
  6. Know how to practice CPR on children and adults.
    Learning cardiopulmonary resuscitation can help save a life.


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