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Organization encourages strict oversight of swimming kids this summer

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- This is the second drowning to happen in Louisville in less than a month. 

With the fourth of July weekend just around the corner, safety advocates say it's time to consider what can happen in the pool.

Erika Janes coordinates Safe Kids Louisville, which is led by Kosair Children's Hospital. She says adults need to think about active supervision.

"Assign someone to be the water watcher." Janes says, "every 15 minutes that person can change, but it needs to be a responsible adult. During that time, they don't use the phone, they're not engaged in conversations, they're doing nothing other than watching who's in the pool."

Janes says all pool owners should know how to perform C-P-R.

She also says life jackets are more reliable than water wings or other flotation devices for kids who can't swim.

Always, always seek medical attention if a child experiences a "close call" in the water Janes adds.

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