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Make A Splash Week: staying safe at the pool

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Spokane County is on a mission to help families have a fun and safe summer at the pool through the Make a Splash program. Through donations, the program has been able to give over 1,000 passes to local youth in need. Spokane County is on a mission to help families have a fun and safe summer at the pool through the Make a Splash program. Through donations, the program has been able to give over 1,000 passes to local youth in need.
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Spokane County is on a mission to help families have a fun and safe summer at the pool through the Make a Splash program. Through donations, the program has been able to give over 1,000 passes to local youth in need.

When you're trying to cool off from the hot summer heat, the pool can be an exciting way to spend a summer afternoon. Staying safe, however, is also a big priority.

While at the pool, parents are expected to keep a close eye on their children.

"Know yourself and know what your children are capable of, what the child is comfortable doing," said Make a Splash Co-Chair Kevin Eddy. "(And) make sure you're swimming close to a lifeguard."

Parents should also watch to make sure their youngest children are staying out of the deep end.

"If you're looking for a great place to come and cool off, nothing beats the shallow end and just kind of playing in the shallow end," said Eddy.

You can also stay safe by bringing your own water to the pool.

"Children especially tend to get dehydrated when they've been at the pool all day," said Eddy. "Next thing you know, your child's acting sick. Dehydration is usually the number one factor in that."

For more information on pool safety, click here: http://www.poolsafely.gov/

For more information on the Make a Splash program, click here: http://www.spokanecounty.org/parks/content.aspx?c=2788

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