After a Berks County toddler drowned after being found in the family's swimming pool over the weekend, attention has turned to keeping kids safe around water.
According to the CDC, drowning is the leading cause of unintentional injury-related death among children between the ages of one and four.
Seventy percent of kids who drown are actually being watched by one or both parents.
"A recent survey quoted in Aquatics International Magazine, showed that only 13 percent of people can actually recognize drowning. A six-year-old drowned and 44 people walked by and nobody noticed that this child was in trouble," said Penny Pantano, owner and an instructor at Swim in Zone in Center Valley.
According to Pantano, one of the biggest misconceptions is what drowning actually looks like, especially in young children.
"There's no yelling, there's no screaming-- they can't do it. They have to breathe. Little children do not see depth perception in the pool. They think they can walk on water and they walk right off the steps. They walk right off the side. They walk right off and down they go.....right down, silent and fast," she said.
Pantano says there are things parents can do to help keep their children out of danger with what she calls 'layers of protection' which include teaching your children to always wear a bathing suit while swimming, to help avoid going into pools and bodies of water unsupervised.
If you have a pool, install isolation fencing with self latching gates.
Sign your child up for swimming lessons with a curriculum and learn how to perform CPR.
Pantano is also part of the board that organizes Family Water Safety Day where safety tips will be reviewed and discussed with parents and their children.
This event will be held on June 28 in Cedar Beach Pool in Allentown. It is free and open to the public.