"See and Save" program encourages water safety this summer
With summer right around the corner and Memorial day this weekend, The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services is urging parents to remember water safety.
Shari Pulliam with DFPS says there were eight drownings in Region 4 last year, which encompasses 23 counties in East Texas.
There has already been one drowning in the region this year.
Pulliam says the agency is reminding parents they have to be able to see their child to save them from drowning.
Teaching children how to swim at a very young age is equally important.
Pulliam says accidents happen even with floaties.
"What happens a lot of times is children have their floaties on while in the water, they take them off to get a snack, take a nap, go back to the pool without them and their parents do not know that,' Pulliam said. "And that's how they drown."
Pulliam adds that 90 children drowned last year in the entire state of Texas.
So far, 16 have drowned in the state this year.
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