4 Steps to Protect Children From Drowning

By Erika Gonzalez
|  Monday, Jun 16, 2014  |  Updated 6:07 PM EDT
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Consumer reporter Erika Gonzalez has four simple steps to prevent children from drowning in swimming pools.

Erika Gonzalez

Consumer reporter Erika Gonzalez has four simple steps to prevent children from drowning in swimming pools.

Last summer alone, more than 200 children drowned in a swimming pool or spa, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

To protect your children, the CPSC says follow four steps.

First, include layers of protection for your kids. Watch them closely.

The CPSC recommends barriers, such as fences, to prevent children from getting inside.

If you can't find your child, look in the pool first. Most victims had been missing for 5 minutes or less when they were found. Many parents think that if their child falls in the water, they'll hear loud splashing and screams, but many times drowning is silent, so be alert.

Last, teach your children how to swim. It's the No. 1 way to help your children help themselves.

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