Safety Makes a Splash in Fulton

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FULTON - This weekend marks the first full weekend the City of Fulton municipal pool will be open. In efforts to keep swimmers safe, the Fulton Parks and Recreation Department has been running weekly in-service training sessions for its lifeguards.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports 10 people die from unintentional drowning every day. Typically two of those people per day are 14 years of age or younger.

Fulton lifeguards are heavily trained for many types of injuries or drowning related accidents. Sharlene McArtor is the recreation programmer for the City of Fulton. She says that all Fulton lifeguards are trained through the American Red Cross in an intensive 20 hour class.

"It is required they pass a physical test, a swimming test, so they do have to swim laps. They have to retrieve a 10 pound brick in order to simulate retrieving a person that's submerged," McArtor says.

McArtor says they have made several rescues in the past, but have had no serious injuries so far.

The CDC says males, children and minorities are all at most risk of drowning. The CDC also offers a list of tips and guidelines to help keep everyone safe while swimming.