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Prevent drownings by following the basics

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - South Carolina reports more child drownings in July than any other state in the U.S., according to The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. 

The CPSC is urging South Carolina parents and caregivers to be vigilant to reverse this trend and follow pool safety tips.

Studies showed that South Carolina child drowning numbers spiked in July with 4.6 drownings per million children, while the next highest state, Iowa suffered 2.74 drownings per million children.

Additionally, South Carolina's five drownings in July ranked it among the top-three states for total child drownings in July. 

Some common tips to keep kids safe: Never leave a child unattended in a pool or spa and always watch your children closely around all bodies of water. 

Designate a Water Watcher to supervise children in the pool or spa, this person should not be reading, using a smart phone or be otherwise distracted.

Learn how to swim, and teach your child how to swim.

 Learn how to perform CPR on children and adults, keep children away from pool drains, pipes and other openings to avoid entrapments.

CPR classes are often offered locally with the Red Cross or within the city.

Ensure any pool and spa you use has drain covers that comply with federal safety standards, and if you do not know, ask your pool service provider about safe drain covers and ask your public pool if their drains are “VGB compliant.”

According to CPSC, South Carolina experienced 5 child drownings in July which makes a total of 8 from Jan. 1 through July 31, 2015.

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