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05.25.07

See and Save Campaign

Drowning... Heat exhaustion... Stroke. That's how dozens of children in Texas die every year simply because they were left unattended. Public pools open tomorrow in Amarillo, and families will be showing up to cool down.

Parents and caregivers need to be on guard while children are in the pool, that means not turning their attention away for even a moment.

"Just because it's a pool doesn't mean it's not dangerous," says Ryan Johnson, a YMCA lifeguard.

Johnson knows... After 6 years on the job he says parents still leave their kids alone in the shallow end of the pool. Everytime someone comes to swim, pretty much every day

"Just because it's shallow doesn't mean an accident can't happen, it only takes a teaspoon of water for a person to drown so they could be playing one second and as soon as you turn your head they swallow water," sats Johnson.

Last year 70 children drowned in Texas, many of those could've been prevented.

"A couple moments of inattention can lead to tragedy. The only way to get at the problem is to remind parents about something they probably already know but they might not be thinking about," says Greg Cunningham, with Child Protective Services.

The state Department of Family and Protective Services also wants to raise awareness about leaving children in a hot car. Studies show if its 85 degrees outside it can be 100 degrees in a car in less than 10 minutes.

"It's astounding how quickly a car can turn into an oven, even a minute or two can turn be dangerous but especially if something happens in the store and you get hung up," says Cunningham.

Earlier this month a Clovis mother was arrested for leaving an infant in her car while she ran into a store... The child was found sweating profusely... But alive.

The state says parents should live by this motto - if you can't see them you can't save them... So keep them in sight.

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