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Pool parties: summer fun, with an eye toward safety first


Last updated 7/5/2007 at Noon

Summer has finally arrived, and with it, local pool parties and happy summer memories. Tragically, a pool can also bring a nightmarish experience to families.

“Every year an average of 260 children younger than the age of 5 drown,” said Arlene Flecha, spokesperson for the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) in Washington, DC. Recent numbers have also indicated that 2,725 children under 5 have been rushed to the hospital due to submersion injuries, some of which have resulted in brain damage.

Flecha said that children in this age bracket have the tendency to roam an...

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