Every year in Southern California, several children lose their lives in swimming pools. Others survive but suffer with catastrophic injuries that leave them, very often, permanently disabled. Though these incidents happen throughout the year, swimming pool accidents are more common in the summer. Whether at crowded Southland public pools or at privately owned pools, swimming poses a significant danger. The City of Los Angeles, Recreation and Parks Department, Aquatics Division operates more than 50 pools. San Diego operates 13 public pools. Between private residential pools, pools at apartments and condominiums and housing complexes, there are tens of thousands of pools in Southern California. Hotels, resorts and water parks contribute thousands more. All of them are potentially hazardous and require diligence by owners and operators to ensure that swimmers are kept safe.

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