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Pool Safety
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   high interest, readability grades 3 to 4
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   3.34

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    in-ground, knowing, latch, injury, tips, underwater, dome, great, suction, locked, pool, simple, stays, thing, possible, trapped
     content words:    Knowing CPR


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Pool Safety
By Cathy Pearl
  

1     A pool is a great thing to have in the summer when the weather is hot. But pools aren't all fun and games. They can be dangerous if you don't follow simple rules. Pools are also really dangerous for small children.
 
2     Every year about two hundred eighty kids under five drown in a swimming pool. It only takes a minute for a child to fall into a pool.
 
3     One of the best things to do is to put a fence around the pool. The fence or a wall should be at least four feet high and should go all the way to the ground.
 
4     You will need gates on the fence or the wall to get through it. The gates should close and latch by themselves. The latch should also be high enough so that small children cannot reach up and open it themselves.
 
5     Pools are usually not very deep. Sometimes you only have to swim down four feet before you get to the bottom. This water is too shallow to dive into. It is very easy to hit your head on the bottom of the pool. This can cause a serious injury or even death.

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