Recent drownings put spotlight on pool safety

- Most drownings occur between Memorial and Labor Day and almost all are pool related, according to Harris County Child Protective Services.

Just in the last week, two children, ages 4 and 6, drowned in Harris County in apartment pools. So far this year, eight children have drowned in the Greater Houston area.

Estella Olguín with Harris County Child Protective Services says people forget drowning victims cannot call for help, so supervision is critical to saving a life.

"What I mean by constant supervision [is] no distractions -- no texting, no telephone calls -- because you have to be able to see them to save them," Olguín told FOX 26.

On top of supervision, she says have and use life vests, teach kids how to swim and make sure an adult knows how to swim and perform CPR in case of an emergency. She adds it's important to not leave toys in a pool because a small child may be tempted to reach it.

Lastly, if there is a pool at home, she says make sure the pools have a safety fence and latching gates. 

For more tips on water safety, visit www.helpandhope.org

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