Amarillo, TX - More than a dozen drowning deaths in Texas this year have prompted officials to kick off a campaign urging adults to watch their kids near water.
Eighteen Texas children have already died after drowning this year, in most cases the child was in a pool.
To raise awareness the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services is kicking off a "Watch Kids Around Water" campaign.
They say kids between the ages of one and four most often drown in outdoor pools, sometimes only being out of sight for less than five minutes.
"They don't have a lot of balance and they can lose their balance and not get back up, especially if they start coughing and swallowing some water and you would just hate to go out there with the blink of the eye, you just went to answer the phone and you came back and they were gone. So never leave a child, unattended, always keep an eye on them, every second around the water," said Janice Young, Amarillo Aquatics Supervisor.
The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services recommends having emergency phone numbers around and know C-P-R in case of an emergency.
For more water safety tips, visit: p://www.dfps.state.tx.us/watch_kids_around_water/default.asp