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Good Question: How many children die from drowning each year?

Just this week a terrible tragedy, a two year old Laurel County girl died after drowning in her grandmother's pool.

Investigators say the child accidentally got into the above-ground pool through a gate that had the lock off for repair.

Good Question: How many children die from drowning each year?

Memorial Day weekend signals the unofficial start to summer, and that means pools across the area will be opening to eager youngsters ready to take a dip.

As we know tragedy can strike quickly, the death of little Chloe Collier just this week is a reminder of how deadly pools can be.

In fact, SafeKids.org says drowning is the second highest cause of unintentional death among children, behind car accidents.

Most drownings happen in home pools.

As for the number of children who die from accidental drowning, there are over 800 recorded each year.

On average there are 4000 injuries related to near drowning incidents.

This weekend as Fayette County prepares to open its aquatic centers to the public, Safe Kids Fayette County is reminding parents of precautions to take to keep your little ones safe.

Always actively supervise your children

For a home pool have a fence at least five feet hight with a gate

Enroll your children in swimming lessons

And learn infant and child CPR

Valuable tips to keep your child safe while enjoying the water this summer.

In 2007 the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Safety Act was passed.

It requires that all public pools have anti-entrapment drain covers.

We checked with the city and all of Lexington's city owned pools are in compliance.


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