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40 drownings and 2 hot car deaths in TX so far this summer

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Thursday, June 9, 2011 - 7:00pm

There have already been 40 child drownings in Texas this year.

Shari Pulliam with family and protective services says child drownings are most common in backyard pools, but they can happen anywhere.

She says the most important thing is to teach kids to swim and always keep your eye on them when they are around water. She also suggests getting a pool alarm, which goes off when someone enters the pool unexpectedly.

There have already been two hot car deaths in Texas this year.  Last year, Texas led the nation with the number of hot car fatalities, and experts warn to never leave kids in the car during a summer day.  Pulliam says kids are affected by heat four times quicker than adults. 

If anyone sees a child in a hot car alone, officials urge you to call 911 immediately.

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