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Water safety tips for parents this summer

Water safety tips for parents this summer

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(07/11/14) - In the last  three weeks, ABC12 has reported that three children, under the age of four, have drowned.

It's a heartbreaking reminder of what can happen to children in the water. 

ABC12 talked to experts tonight about what parents and kids can do to stay safe in the water this summer.

YMCA Aquatic Instructor Stevie Cooper says the most important thing parents can do is just keep an eye on their kids.

"Just be around. Keep your eyes on your kids,  know where they are and again the more you are in the water with them the more fun the kids are going to have, the more fun you are going to have too", says Cooper.

The Centers for Disease Control offers safety tips for swimmers and boaters.

Here are a few tips: 

1. Use the buddy system/lifeguards

2. Use life jackets

3.Know the terrain

4. Avoid rip currents.

5. Watch swimmers in or around the water 

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