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7/3/2013 - Make swimming safety a priority this Fourth of July

Swimming safety should be a priority for homeowners around Independence Day.

As families and friends gather to commemorate America's founding this Independence Day, a variety of activities will almost assuredly be had, including baseball games, cookouts and attending fireworks displays. In addition, with conditions expected to be steamy throughout much of the U.S., plans may also include a dip in the pool.

But if parents and July 4th holiday revelers aren't careful, their enjoyment can be compromised if safety precautions aren't taken while swimming.

Swimming-related injuries are particularly common in the summer months, given the soaring temperatures. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, for every child lost from drowning, another five receive emergency department care for injuries sustained.

Additionally, data from the National Safety Council indicates kids ages one to four account for nearly 90 percent of drownings at home swimming pools.

With this in mind, homeowners should be sure to adhere to swim safety rules and ensure their pool is properly protected from un-guarded use. Additionally, a thorough review of the homeowners policy should be completed, to confirm liability insurance is included in the event a pool related incident occurs. For more information on pool safety and precautions, the American Red Cross and CDC provide some helpful insights to help keep families safe this Fourth of July.

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