Stu Roaker, president of The Pool Therapist in Staten Island, N.Y., provides safety advice in Staten Island Advance

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STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. – Swimming pool season is starting up, and while it’s time to make a splash, it’s also time to play it safe.

Replacing an older style pool-drain cover with a newer model, such as the one on the right, can reduce the intensity of deadly suction at the bottom of a pool, explains Stu Roaker, president of The Pool Therapist commercial pool management company.

Some 300 drowning deaths of children under age 5 occur in swimming pools each year, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). In most of these deaths, the children had only been missing for five minutes or less when found.

There are many precautions parents can take to make sure this doesn’t happen to their child. Stuart Roaker, president of The Pool Therapist commercial pool management company in Travis, believes the number one way to prevent drowning or injury is to make sure your kids are never out of sight. Read more.