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Week: 577.4

Guest: Ron Hazelton, House Doctor, Home & Garden TV

Topic: Pool Safety

Host/ Producer: Steve Girard

NEMA: Pool safety...coming up...

SPOT: NEMA...the National Emergency Medicine Association...fights our worst health enemies - heart disease, stroke, trauma. Call 800-332-6362.

NEMA: One of our worst tragedies...child drowning. We're with Ron Hazelton, the home improvement editor on ABC's Good Morning America...who says the prime rule on kids and pools is to make sure they are constantly supervised...

HAZELTON: But pools should be surrounded with fences or screened in enclosures with latches that children, small children cannot operate from the outside. So that if someone, say a visitor or a neighboring child from somewhere else in the neighborhood, should wander into the backyard. They should not be able to gain access to your pool.

NEMA: And pool owners should keep floatation devices nearby, as well as a long pole so those who don't swim can help someone in trouble. Ron says a good prevention step is to get young children into a program that teaches them what to do if they should fall into deep water...

HAZELTON: And it's amazing how young, and I'm talking kids that are 2 and 3 years old, how young children can learn to protect their own lives. And sometimes what their gaining is just enough extra time so that they can yell, they can be heard, you can get there to help them.

NEMA: I'm Steve Girard at The Heart of the Matter.



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