CHICAGO (CBS) — With so many beaches and public pools closed amid the coronavirus pandemic, more families have turned to backyard pools.
With that in mind, Illinois fire officials this weekend emphasized the importance of making water safety at home a priority.READ MORE: Three Men Shot In Robbery Attempt Outside Garfield Red Line Station
The Illinois Fire Marshal said child drownings are preventable. They said inflatable pools should be emptied after each use and stored upside down.READ MORE: Organized Retail Crime Task Force Recovers Millions Of Dollars In Stolen Goods From Chicago Storage Units
The fire marshal also recommended installing locked fencing around other outdoor pools to keep kids from wandering in.MORE NEWS: Police Search For Parents Of Michigan High School Shooting Suspect After They Are Charged With Involuntary Manslaughter
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports drowning is the leading cause of accidental deaths for kids ages 1 to 4.