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Experts encourage pool owners to take extra precautions

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With summer and pool season often comes tragedy.

Children accidentally drown when playing in and around swimming pools, but there are ways to keep your family safe.

With pools open and the sun shining, accidents can happen to anyone. 

Just this past weekend, Olympic skier and New England native Bode Miller posted on Instagram, "We are beyond devastated.  Our baby girl, Emmy, passed away yesterday.  Never in a million years did we think we would experience a pain like this. "
According to a GoFundMe posted by the family, Miller's 19 month old daughter tragically died in a pool.

Here in western Massachusetts, safety experts are encouraging people with pools to take extra precautions.
"We sell in our store here alarms that you put in the water and if a child were to fall in the water, it would create ripples and set off the alarm.  You can put measures on your slider, that if you open up the slider, it would set of an alarm, so you would know that the child has made their way outside," said Edward Marcoux with Teddy Bear Pools and Spas.
There are many other ways to ensure that curious children don't wander near the water.

It's important to make sure that if you do have a pool gate, it's always closed.

Even above-ground pools have ladder locks so a child can't climb up. 

Marcoux told Western Mass News that part of being a responsible pool owner is thinking of neighbors, even if you don't have children of your own.
"You have to worry about your neighbor's kids wandering into your yard and just the curiosity of having a pool, they are going to make their way to it," Marcoux added.
Marcoux said that even if you are not home, a pool alarm would alert neighbors to check your pool to make sure nothing is wrong.  However, he said that nothing can replace an adult watching kids play in or near the water.
"If they are going to be playing in the water, there has to be someone watching, all the time, you just never know," Marcoux said.
That way pool time is truly fun in the sun.

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