San Diego

The number of home pool drownings and near-drownings of children in San Diego County may be on the rise this year, according to figures released Wednesday by the San Diego Water Coalition.

Four children have drowned and 25 others have come close to drowning in residential pools so far this year, compared to 60 near-deaths and 11 actual deaths for all of 1987.

The figures were released during a U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission press conference held at the home of a family whose two children nearly drowned. The conference was organized in connection with "Drowning Prevention Week," which began Monday.

Roger Burrows, the safety commission's spokesman, urged parents to take precautions to curb drownings, which he described as needless deaths.

Parents should install fences around their pools that will prevent children from entering without an adult's help, Burrows said.

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