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Each year in the U.S., about 300 children under five years old drown in family pools and more than 2,000 children are treated in emergency rooms for pool-related injuries according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. There were 118 drowning and near-drowning incidents across the country in the first five months of 2011.

The commission and the DeKalb County Board of Health’s Environmental Health Services offer tips to help prevent drowning:

For additional information, call the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s toll-free hotline at 1-800-638-2772 or visit:

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