During the 4th of July holiday weekend, many people will be taking to the various lakes and pools to go swimming and the Red Cross is offering tips for parents to make sure their children are safe in the water.
Christine Moran, Regional Communication Officer for the American Red Cross says it's important to constantly keep an eye out for children when they are near water.
"It's easy to get distracted when you 're at a party and kids are playing in the pool, but there's a large number of children that die each year due to drowning," she says.
"In some cases, parents are nearby, but sometimes they don't even know their child is in trouble, so it's really important to keep an eye on them at either the lake or the pool."
Moran says its important to know what to do if an emergency does occur.
"It's always important to have a phone nearby to call 9-1-1 in case there is trouble, because seconds determine whether or not someone lives or dies."
Other swimming safety tips include using the buddy system, swimming in designated areas that are supervised by lifeguards, having a cell phone and first aid kit handy in case of an emergency.