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Water safety: What you should know

As temperatures rise and people head to the pool, doctors emphasize the importance of water safety.

COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Drowning can happen in a matter of seconds. 

Doctors say that unlike in movies and on TV, instead of the splashing around and waving for help, most times drowning is silent and can go unnoticed.

"This does happen, and it does happen quickly," said Dr. Barret Curnutte, with Baylor Scott and White. 

Doctors say there are over 3500 drowning deaths a year. A main portion of that number comes from young children. 

So, that is why they are stressing the importance of supervision, protection and education. 

"Kids need to be supervised around water," said Curnutte. "Don't think it can't happen."

Curnutte added to not rely on flotation devices, because those are just guides, and not life-saving devices.

"Any time a child is near water, whether a bathtub or a pool, they need to have a dedicated person who is not distracted," he said. 

Adding that adults aren't fully in the clear either. 

"If you're an adult and you're swimming, you need to have a buddy who looks out for you," Curnutte said. 

For a list of recommendations from the CDC on water safety, check out their website