Now that school is out and temperatures are beginning to rise, it's a sure bet that children will seek refuge from the heat in a swimming pool, if one is handy. A bit of planning by parents now should greatly reduce the chances of tragedy later.
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, about 300 children under age 5 drown each year in a swimming pool - and usually one that's owned by their own family.
In most cases, according to the CPSC, the children were being supervised by one or more parent, but managed to elude mom and dad for just a few minutes.
That's all the time it takes. CPSC officials say that 75 percent of the children who died had been out of parents' view for five minutes or less.