Pools can be silent killer for kids

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Monday, June 9, 2014

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- YMCA Aquatics Director Chris Pinto says that it only takes 10 to 20 seconds for a child to get in trouble in the water.

"When you're not 100 percent vigilant on your swimmers, then they need to get out of the pool and wait for you to get back," Pinto said.

Chris says that you won't even hear your child cry for help when they're in danger, because they can't.

"Some early warning signs would be inability to respond verbally. That means that they're already in the drowning process, and water is already in their throat," Pinto said.

Chris says that at the YMCA, they use lifeguards to monitor swimmers, but they also count on parents to keep an eye out for their kids. Chris says that cell phones have become a big distraction for people monitoring their children at the pool.

"If you parents can keep them away from dangerous experiences, that'll be one last step that the lifeguards will have to look out for as well," Pinto said.

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