1 simple thing parents can do at pool parties to help keep kids safe

Keep your child safe this season with these tips.

A drowning incident could occur in seconds and be difficult to spot. It's also the second-leading cause of unintentional-injury deaths for children aged 1 to 14, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

"We don't realize how quickly these things can go from just a fun pool party to an incident where somebody needs help," Josh Rowland, aquatics product manager at the American Red Cross, told "Good Morning America."

Water-safety experts say a solution to keeping your child safe this summer is by always having a designated water watcher--somebody who stands next to the pool, free from distractions and is constantly scanning the water for any signs of distress.

An appropriate water watcher, according to Water Safety USA, is at least 16 years of age, but adults are preferred. That person must have the skills, knowledge and ability to save a person in distress, or can immediately alert someone who has those capabilities.

More tips for designating a water watcher:

If you can’t find your child, the pool should be the first place to look.

Moreover, many backyard drownings occur when children find their way into a yard unsupervised. If you and your child are visiting an unfamiliar home, one of the first things you should ask is: is there a pool nearby? If there is, keep your child extra close.

If you own a pool, it's all about layers of protection.

Pool owner tips to keep your family and guests safe:

Remember, these devices should never be used as replacements for supervision.

ABC News' Douglas Vollmayer contributed to this report.

(Editor's note: This article was originally published on July 3, 2018)

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