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Tips to stay safe at the pool

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - We're learning new information about the 6-year-old girl that was pulled from a pool Friday. The little girl died Saturday morning at VCU Medical Center.

It all started around 5:00pm Friday night at the Town and Country Apartments off Barriedale Road.

It's a tragic start to the holiday weekend. Nationwide nearly 50 people have drowned and another 75 have nearly drowned in pools just since Memorial Day.

This is one of the most popular times to go to the pool and there are a few simple things you can do to keep yourself and your kids safe. Nichole Allen is one of many people that decided to take her family to the pool for the Fourth of July weekend.

"It's really hot out here," Allen said. "But it's really a refreshing treat and just chill out for a little while and get a little wet."

Nichole knows the pool isn't without dangers. She realizes safety is often one of the last things kids are thinking about at the pool.

"Some kids are older now," she said. "They think they can handle going off on their own, but that's not always the case."

Firefighters say one way to stay safe is to keep an eye on your children in the water. You shouldn't leave your child's safety up to someone else.

"You want to make sure that, you don't want to leave it up to the lifeguards," said Lt. Shawn Jones of the Richmond Fire Department. "You make sure you watch over the children."

A lifeguard was on duty when the 6-year-old nearly drowned Friday - a reminder for some why it's important to be attentive at the pool.

"Even with lifeguards we want to make sure we keep a close eye," Allen said. "Since I'm here with more than one, I'm going to make sure all the kids are accounted for at any given time."

It might sound obvious, but make sure your child knows how to swim. Swimming lessons can be a cheap way to keep your kid safe in the water.

"If you know a kid can't swim, make sure they have one of these - a personal floatation device," Jones said. "It can be worth its weight in gold."

It's also recommended that adults learn CPR in case of an emergency.

So far police have not released the name of the 6-year-old that died. Police do not expect foul play but say an investigation is underway.

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