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9 on your side: Drowning Dangers in Pools

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GREENVILLE, N.C. -

A Pitt County teen's tragic drowning death over the weekend is a reminder of just how dangerous pools can be.

According to the CDC about 10 people die every day from drowning. 

Numbers show nearly 80% of people who die from drowning are males. The CDC says Children and minorities are also at the greatest risk.

The biggest contributing factors:

  • MANY ADULTS AND CHILDREN SAY THEY CANNOT SWIM.
  • LACK OF FENCING AROUND POOLS
  • LACK OF CLOSE SUPERVISION
  • LOCATION (CHILDREN AGES 1-4 ARE MORE PRONE TO DROWNING IN HOME SWIMMING POOLS, WHEREAS ADULT DROWNINGS OCCUR MORE FREQUENTLY IN NATURAL WATER SETTINGS.)
  • FAILURE TO WEAR LIFE JACKETS

Alcohol use and seizure disorders are also big factors.

Experts say if you don't know how to swim, don't jump in to the rescue. You're not only putting their life at risk, but your own.  And don't let swimmers panic.

Learn CPR. In the time it takes for emergency responders to arrive, you could save someone's life.

Investing in gate and pool alarms is also a good idea if you have a pool at home.

For more helpful information click here: http://www.cdc.gov/homeandrecreationalsafety/water-safety/waterinjuries-factsheet.html

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