Preventing Tragedy: DFW Taking Measures to Stop Drownings

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FT. WORTH  -- Cooling off from the heat by taking a dip in the pool or the lake is the best way to survive the summer in Texas. But it turns out, the danger of drowning is making this summer season one of the deadliest we've seen.

Texas leads the nation in the number of pool drownings. In fact, Tarrant County is among the top counties in the state when it comes to children dying.

That's why the city of Ft. Worth organized a city-wide call to action Wednesday. Ft. Worth Mayor Betsy Price was on-hand for some sobering facts, "Since October 1st of 2014, we've had 60 drowning incidences and that includes four fatalities."

But this wasn't just a day to talk about the stats. It was also a day to educate people on how to prevent drownings from happening in the first place.

"We've identified five apartment pool complexes that we'll be mobilizing a team of swim instructors and lifeguards from our YMCA to go to those apartment complexes and teach sessions of water safety," said Tony Shuman, President and CEO of YMCA Ft. Worth.

The goal of the initiative is to make caregivers and parents of young children more aware of their kids' whereabouts when they're near the water.

Stay cool but also stay safe, everybody!

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