Kids learn A B Cs of water safety at special event in Chandler

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CHANDLER, Ariz. -- Now that the weather has warmed up, many families are starting to think about spending some time in the swimming pool. But what starts out as cool family fun can turn tragic in a matter of seconds.

Twenty Maricopa County children drowned last year. All but two of those incidents happened in a swimming pool.

Bruce Haffner spent Tuesday morning at the 12th annual Water Safety Day in Chandler, where more than 1,100 first-graders from all over the Valley will learn the most important aspects of water safety.

A - Adult supervision
When it comes to keeping kids safe around water, the most important thing is adult supervision. Adults should have eye-to-eye contact with kids at all times.

B - Barriers
While there is no substitute for adult supervision, fences and locking gates can go a long way in keeping kids out of the swimming pool.

C - Classes
Not only should children take swimming lessons, adults should be trained in CPR in case the unthinkable should happen.