PARKERSBURG, W.Va (WTAP)- In the wake of the near drowning that happened at the City Park Pool on Friday, swimming safety is a must when headed into the summer months.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention says that from 2005-2014, there were over an average of 3,500 deaths from drowning each year.
About one in five people who drown each year are children.
The Parkersburg YMCA says that there are a few simple key elements to remember that will help keep children safe in a pool.
“Water safety includes always swimming where there’s a lifeguard, knowing your limitations, and always having adult supervision,” reinforces Braylie Beall Aquatics Coordinator for the Parkersburg YMCA.
The rec center also added that knowing how to swim is one of the biggest tools to combat drowning. They add that many local pools and health centers do offer swimming lessons throughout the summer.