Consumer safety group pressing swimming pool safety in Vegas

LAS VEGAS (AP) - A national safety group is using Nevada as an example this week for a campaign to reduce the number of child drownings around the country.

Officials with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission blended news reports about drownings with census data to suggest that Nevada has more child drownings per capita than any other state.

A "Pool Safely" program spokesman says all drownings are preventable.

Local fire and health officials who keep more comprehensive numbers say drowning deaths of children in and around Las Vegas have been cut in half during the last 15 years.

The average was 10 drownings a year from 1994 to 1999.

That compares with two child drownings in 2014, and seven so far this year.

The region that has more than 105,000 backyard swimming pools.

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