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Constant supervision of kids in pool key to safety

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As the weather heats up, the backyard pool can a place to relax with a good book or get some much-needed rest and relaxation, but local experts say if your child is with you, don't turn another page.

Jan Hummel with Safe Kids Adams County says you shouldn't let your guard down, even around the kiddie pool.

Hummel says there is one thing of utmost importance to remember when your child is in the water.

"The key to any type of childhood activity is supervision," said Hummel. "This becomes extremely important when we're talking about kids being around pools."

Hummel says pool floaties and life jackets are helpful, but not a full substitute for a parent's watchful eye.

Wavering Pool Manager Brett Miller has been a certified lifeguard for more than a decade. He says it can be tricky to tell the difference between child's play and a tot in trouble.

But he says attentive parents can figure it out if they know what to watch for.

"The distressed swimmer, you can hear them calling for help but an active drowner, maybe they've gotten to the point where they're exhausted but you can see their arms flapping in the water and you would notice by the fact that they are struggling and they are not moving toward the side or the direction that they're headed," said Miller.

Miller says keeping a watchful eye on your child is especially important if you're somewhere with no lifeguards on duty.

Mother Amber Nicholl says you can't rely on your ears to know when a kid needs help.

"My son, when he goes under, you don't hear a sound. And not being able to hear that? You really need to have your eyes on the water," said Nicholl.

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