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Paulding Sheriff reminds residents of pool safety
Paulding Sheriff reminds residents of pool safety

DALLAS, Ga. -- In light of a recent near-drowning case, the Paulding County Sheriff's Office would like to remind residents of ways to stay safe around water this summer.

The incident on June 21 involved a mother who found her toddler face down in an inflatable pool down the street from their home. The child got out of the house by climbing through an unscreened window; meanwhile, the pool was unfenced and unsupervised.

Paulding County Fire and Rescue officers managed to revive the child, who is expected to be fine.

But not all such cases have a happy ending.

"In 2007, there were 3,443 fatal, unintentional drownings . . . in the United States, averaging 10 deaths per day," according to the CDC. And more than one in five people who die from drowning are children ages 14 and younger.

For every child who drowns, another four receive emergency department care for nonfatal submersion injuries, according to Paulding County Sheriff Gary Gulledge.

And while temporary inflatable pools are a great way to beat the summer heat, they come with a number of underlying risks.

"Make sure that temporary pools and even permanent fixture pools are safeguarded from young children; taking the ladder out is not secure enough," Gulledge said, noting that there was no ladder in the pool in the June 21 incident.

Pools should only be placed in an area where a locked gate can be secured.