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After local drownings, authorities offer tips to prevent pool deaths

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SARASOTA CO., Fla. (WWSB) -- After a series of drowning incidents on the Suncoast, local authorities are urging people to follow safety tips to prevent future accidents.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that an average of 10 people nationwide drown each day. Two of 10 are under the age of 14.

Drowning ranks fifth among the leading cause of unintentional death in the country.

According to the Florida Swimming Pool Association, multiple preventative safety measures should be in place surrounding pool areas such as locks, alarms, barriers/fences or certified safety covers.

Barriers should be at least four feet tall and any gaps or openings should be too small for a child to crawl through or under.

Other safety devices include door and window alarms, detection alarms around/in the pool, personal immersion alarms for a child or pet, life rings and shepherd hooks.

The FSPA also recommends that parents enroll their children in swimming lessons as early as 6 months old. Parents should be familiar with CPR and have emergency phone numbers on hand.