UPDATED, June 5, 2013 with new Slate.com article
It’s a scary statistic, but in many “pool-friendly” states, drowning is the number one cause of death for children under five (among those old enough to walk or crawl). If you have a pool or a hot tub, or simply know your children will be spending time at or near one, take a minute to make sure you know how to keep kids safe this summer.
Two of the best safeguards to protect young lives are straightforward and obvious. That doesn’t mean they’re easy. But for these two rules, there are no shortcuts or substitutions.
Sound difficult? It can be. But isn’t it worth it? Establish safe pool rules and make following them mandatory. It works. Below are some sites with more comprehensive information and guidelines.