With summer here, people will be swimming in private pools and lakes. Those waterways create serious dangers for children, particularly if they are not able to swim and are not being watched by a capable caregiver.

“In my career, I never responded to a drowning incident that could not be 100 percent prevented,” said Steve Leonard, a battalion chief with the Owensboro Fire Department.

Region-wide, there are about three to five drownings, or near-drownings, each year, Leonard said.

A serious drowning hazard is created when people leave children unsupervised in swimming pools. Even a baby pool can be deadly to small children who are not being watched by someone responsible, Leonard said.

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