A 17 year old girl from Alabama is dead after an incident at her family's pool. The coroner says the incident happened Friday afternoon at a home in Hamilton township while the girl was here visiting family. While the cause of her death is still under investigation, experts are stressing the importance of knowing how to deal with a situation in the water, to avoid future tragedies.
"You can take a life guard class and not apply for a life guard job, you learn the basic pool safety tips," explains Debbie Lang.
Summer is here and ready make a splash. But before jumping in to cool off, life guards at the Pocono Family YMCA say knowledge is power.
"Anything can happen at anytime so you want to be prepared for that at anytime. You don't want to look back on the situation and say, "I could have done this if I knew that,'" says life guard Emily Cabral.
She explains the first rule of water safety is to never leave children swim alone or unattended. It's also not just children at risk for accidents or medical emergencies.
"The first thing to do if someone looks like they are drowning or people can have a heart attack or stroke in the pool if they are older is to immediately call 911," says Cabral.
Debbie Lang teaches various CPR classes at the YMCA. She explains knowing basic first aid and CPR can be a life saver while waiting for medial crews to arrive.
"If someone goes under try to talk to them and calm them down, once they relax they will float. If they are under the water, and they are not responding get them out and lay them on a flat surface, dry off their chest and someone who knows CPR can start CPR.
Another item on the pool day check list is a life vest, especially one that is properly fitted. Experts say there's no excuse to not bring one along.
"Safety vests come in every size, for every age from infants to adults. You should always have a safety vest, whether you are going to a pool, the beach, boating or whatever," says Lang.