Tips to keep kids safe around water this summer

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by Tami Hoey

azfamily.com

Posted on May 2, 2013 at 1:12 PM

Updated Saturday, May 4 at 11:49 AM

PHOENIX --The city of Phoenix has reported seven drowning incidents so far this year, and it's still early in the season. In fact, earlier this week a Mesa 1-year-old was pulled from the pool after crawling through a doggy door.

That's why experts want to remind us about the importance of watching our children around water.

On Thursday's "Good Morning Arizona," Javier Soto talked to Phoenix fire Capt. Larry Nunez to find out how we can prevent water-related incidents.

Nunez gave us the lowdown on the "ABCs" of drowning prevention. "A stands for adults. B is for barriers. C is for classes," he said. "We want people to educate themselves. We want them to know that there are gates, fences, locked doors to keep people away from water."

But the No. 1 key? Constant supervision.

You can also educate yourself and your kids, and it doesn't have to cost a lot. David Urbinato of Phoenix Parks and Recreation said there are plenty of low-cost water instruction and CPR classes available.

"Teach your kids to swim," he said. "When they get into trouble and find themselves in the water, they'll be able to get themselves safely to the side of the pool."

At city of Phoenix pools, you can take an eight-session class for only $15.

"You can start with parent and tot classes, all the way up to developing strokes and swimming laps," Urbinato said.

Registration starts at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, and it's first come, first served. Urbinato advises registering online. For more information you can visit the Parks and Rec website.

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