EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSParents Stress Importance Of Pool Safety
from Eyewitness News Online
Reported by: Chris Williams
Reported: Jun. 8, 2014 7:03 PM EDT
Updated: Jun. 9, 2014 8:41 AM EDT
Hurricane , Putnam County , West Virginia
There are all kinds of fun things kids can do at the pool.
"He loves the waves," said Riley McCormick, who was at the Wave Pool with his son.
But in just a matter of seconds a day of fun can turn into something tragic. Last week a four-year-old girl drowned at a birthday party in Columbus, Ohio.
Last month, a Charleston teen drowned at a church camp near Ripley. McCormick said he knows the dangers of the pool, and does everything he can to keep his son safe.
"Always keep him within site, and usually within arms length," McCormick added.
Public pools, like the Wave Pool in Hurricane, have lifeguards to give parents an extra set of eyes.
However, it's a whole different thing when you're enjoying a private pool at someone's home, or the area's many rivers and lakes.
EMS workers say it's important for parents to always watch their kids swim, even if it's not very deep water.
"Drowning, unfortunately, is the leading cause of injury related deaths in children ages 1 to 4," said Education Director for Putnam County EMS Stephanie Watson.
Watson said it's also the third leading cause of injury related deaths for children of all ages.
She said most of the calls EMS crews respond to, the parents weren't paying attention, and were distracted by cell phones.
"Put the cell phones away, texting isn't important. These kids are important," Watson added.
McCormick said he appreciates the lifeguards, and knows he can count on them, but when it comes to his little one he isn’t taking any chances.
"It's your kid, so you gotta make sure you keep your eyes on them at all times," added McCormick.
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