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Summertime and pools

The summer isn't even here yet and two small children in the High Desert area have drowned in the backyard pools - a year old baby crawled through a doggie door and ended up in the pool while a 2-year old drowned in his family pool. The majority of drowning incidents happen in a residential swimming pool.

It only takes a few seconds for a child to drown. I can't stress enough the importance of watching your children, especially if there is a swimming pool in your backyard. Statistics show that more than 300 children under the age of 5 die every year from unintentional drowning.

The San Bernardino County Fire Department suggests those with a backyard swimming pool take the following precautions:

· Install a fence around the pool that is at least 5 feet high with a gate that closes automatically

· Never leave the gate open - not even for a second

· Teach your children to swim at an early age

· Use extra protection - install a pool alarm or pool cover

· Never leave small children unattended

· Teach them not to run, jump or push others near the pool

· Pay attention and stay alert

Remember, it only takes a second for a fatal accident to occur

Most drowning accidents happen because of someone's negligent actions. If a loved one has died as a result of drowning in someone's pool, contact a skilled San Bernardino Personal Injury attorney who is committed to obtaining justice for you and the victim.

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