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Parents urged to be vigilant with children around swimming pools

The call comes after an 18-month-old girl drowned in a pool in Kuils River at the weekend.

FILE. Paramedics say the exact circumstances of how the toddler fell in the pool are unclear. Picture: Vic Brincat/Wikimedia Commons.

CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape Health Department has reiterated parents must always be vigilant when children are playing around swimming pools.

The call comes after an 18-month-old girl drowned in a pool in Kuils River at the weekend.

Paramedics say the exact circumstances of how the toddler fell in the pool are unclear.

The department's Robert Daniels says, "Swimming pools are very dangerous throughout the year and parents are urged to keep an eye on little ones and swimming pools even if they are covered or fenced off."

Swimming expert Tom Corcoran says parents should take their children for swimming lessons from an early age .

"Starting with them at a young age means that they carry on a natural confidence in the water. After seven months old you have to overcome the fear they've generated of the water. So the ideal time is when they're younger than seven months."