Risk Of Drowning Rises As Warmer Weather Arrives In Ohio


UPDATED: Sunday June 1, 2014 7:45 PM

Many parents are thinking about the dangers associated with letting their children in the water this time of year.

Two-year-old Jude Potokar loves the water, but his parents do not let him into it wearing floaties.

"We don't put floaties on because I don't want him to feel so secure for that and just wander off into the deep end," said father, Ed Potokar.

"It gives them a false sense of security, that it's them that's doing it and it's really not them and they don't understand that yet," said mother Michelle Potokar.

The Potokars said they subscribe to the simple rule of not out of my sight.

Michelle, who is a former lifeguard, said she's always looking out for her son and others.

"I am constantly lifeguarding still," she said.

Both parents said they are always close by their son.

"Accidents can happen and you have to be watching, that's just the bottom line," she said.

The Centers for Disease Control calls it touch supervision. It recommends staying within your child's reach at all time.

Adults should not be involved in any other distracting activity, such as reading or talking on the phone while supervising children, even if lifeguards are present.

The CDC reports most children between the ages of one to four drown in home swimming pools.

That's what happened during a birthday party in Columbus on Saturday night.

Detectives said a four-year-old girl wandered off after taking her flotation device off and went back into the pool.

She was discovered floating in four feet of water.

Experts say to make a safety plan before taking your child to the pool.

The CDC reports 34 Ohio children drown every year.

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