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Staying Safe While Keeping Cool At The Pool

While the call of a cool pool is strong during our hot Midwestern summers, staying safe in and around bodies of water is paramount. Swimming lessons for the kids is a big help, but a supervisor who knows how to respond in the event of a submersion injury could save a life.


  • Dr. Denise Dowd is a pediatric emergency physician and director of research for the emergency and urgent care divisions at Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics
  • Cody Newill is KCUR's digital editor and was a lifeguard for the YMCA from 2012 until 2014.
Steve Kraske is the host of KCUR's Up To Date. Follow him on Twitter @stevekraske.
Luke X. Martin is associate producer of KCUR’s Up To Date. Contact him at or on Twitter, @lukexmartin.