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Children need swim lessons

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I write this letter every year about this time. I hope it helps someone avoid a tragedy. For the last several years in Placer County and the counties surrounding Placer County every child that drowned in a swimming pool drowned in a fenced pool. The moral of the story is that fences do not prevent children from drowning. Children drown in swimming pools because they cannot swim. These children are usually between 1 and 4 years old. Teach your young children and grandchildren how to swim. Our pool rules: During parties all non-swimming children must wear a life preserver. There must be an adult watching the pool at all times even if the kids are in the house. Remember fences don’t stop drowning. If a child drowns in your pool, it is not an accident. Jon Green, Penryn