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Swim Safety as Splash Pads and Pools Open for Season

As we honored our fallen heroes this past weekend, many families headed to community swimming pools and splash pads and WFFT's Charnae Davenport brings you the information about the importance of swim safety.
As we honored our fallen heroes this past weekend, many families headed to community swimming pools and splash pads and WFFT's Charnae Davenport brings you the information about the importance of swim safety.

Each year, Memorial Day weekend serves as the unofficial start to summer behavior.  Meat is on the grill, jungle gyms are full of children, and the splash pads are open.

"Yay, we're so happy there's no snow!"

It's also a great time to know your risks of letting children play in the pools of water.  The CDC says drowning is the second leading cause of accidental death in children between 1 and 14. 

A mother of 2 children says she is starting them while young, "It's something my parents did when I was very young.  I absolutely loved it and I learned how to swim and I had no fear of the water so my son doesn't really fear the water.  I just want him to be safe when he's out there."

Safety is the biggest concern.  In 2013 alone, the Department of Natural Resources says more than 50 drowned in Indiana lakes.  Heather Bryant has 2 young children and she understands the importance of swim lessons.

"Don't want her to drown."

She's moving in the right direction.

"She's pretty good in the water.  We're about to start swim lessons because I told her how important it is that she learns how to swim."

The YMCA offers swim lessons at each center around Fort Wayne but learning how to swim is only the beginning.

"They need to really watch their children and make sure that they're safe."

Be sure that there is always an adult or lifeguard around for supervision.  The CDC also recommends learning CPR, using a buddy system and wearing life jackets if boating.
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