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High Temperatures Spark Pool Safety Reminders

By Rob Scott

MEDFORD, Ore. — As temperatures around Southern Oregon heat up, more and more people are going for a dip in the pool. But, pool season does come with some danger. Child drownings increase by about 80% between May and August.

The advice is simple but is imperative for all parents. “No matter how well your child swims, they still can get in trouble. You need to supervise tem. Lifejackets should never take the place of supervision either. They are a life saving device but kids can take them off when you’re not looking,” said Medford Recreation Supervisor Sue McKenna.

More than a third of all drownings in Oregon occur in residential swimming pools and more than half of all pool-related deaths occur in pools owned by family or friends. “So never swim without supervising your kids. Never turn your back even for a moment. Public pools are a great place to swim because we do have a lifeguard on duty at all times,” McKenna said.