Summer swimming safety concerns

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - It's the time of year when more people are jumping into the pool to cool off, but before you do, there are some things you should keep in mind so it's not only fun, but also safe.

Parents like Trina O'Brien say before the fun starts, she wants to make sure her kids are being safe.

"Have that safety first," she said.

Her twins, Tristian and Tegan who are 2 1/2 years old.

"You can't take for granted they know how to swim," she said.

That's why they are taking lessons at Mermaid Cove.

"We're going to teach your 5-year-old to float on their backs completely independently, jump in the water roll on their backs," said Renita Link, owner of Mermaid Cove.

Link has been teaching swimming for 20 years. She says she's seen it all.

"Even here, I see danger happening and I have to intervene," she said.

Capt. Steve Wilch with the Colorado Springs Fire Department said safety should be a concern around all bodies of water.

"Even a kid pool that only has 6 inches of water, if a toddler were to fall into that, it might not have the strength and capability to lift themselves out of water," Wilch said.

Wilch said drowning is the third-leading cause of death and injury.

"Somebody can drown in a matter of moments," he said.

In 2016, several people witnessed two sisters and their babysitter drowning after they jumped into the deep end of a pool at the Pueblo Grande Village.

"If we're on our cell phone, then we might not notice that that child has slipped under the water," Wilch said.

If that does happen, call 911 immediately. Then, if you can swim, get in and get the struggling person out. Start CPR once they are safe and out of the water until help comes, but most importantly -- stay alert at all times.

"If you're distracted, its seconds and something terrible can happen," Link said.