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‘Silent killer’: Be vigilant to prevent children from drowning in backyard pools

'Pay attention, listen' when children are near backyard pools

State emergency officials and the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District are launching a public service video campaign to prevent drowning deaths of children in backyard pools.
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State emergency officials and the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District are launching a public service video campaign to prevent drowning deaths of children in backyard pools.

State emergency officials and the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District are launching a public service video campaign to prevent drowning deaths of children in backyard pools.

More than 50 children statewide drown every year in residential swimming pools. Called the “silent killer,” children die after silently slipping into the water without being noticed by adults.

The public service video announcement features a Sacramento boy, Josh Briggs, and his grandmother Pam Bryant.

When the boy was a 18 months, he fell into a pool. His calm, quick-acting grandmother saved him using cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

The two will be at a news conference later Friday in Rancho Cordova to kick off the backyard pool drowning prevention public service announcement video campaign.

Bill Lindelof: 916-321-1079, @Lindelofnews

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