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  • Nearly 300 children die in pools and spas every year, according to a safety report
  • An additional 3,000 children younger than 5 suffer serious injuries in pools and spas
  • About two-thirds of the deaths and injuries involve children age 1 or 2
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(CNN) -- As pools reopen for the Memorial Day weekend, safety experts urge parents to protect their children as nearly 300 young kids die in pools and spas every year, according a consumer safety report.

About two-thirds of the pool deaths and injuries involve children age 1 or 2, according to a safety report.

About two-thirds of the pool deaths and injuries involve children age 1 or 2, according to a safety report.

An additional 3,000 children younger than 5 suffer serious injuries in pools and spas every year, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission's new 14-page report.

"I call upon all parents, caregivers, and pool and spa operators to ensure that fencing and other layers of protection are in place; that there is constant supervision of children in and around the water; and that new, safer drain covers that prevent entrapment incidents are installed," said Nancy Nord, acting chairman of the product safety commission.

About two-thirds of the deaths and injuries involve children age 1 or 2, with about 80 percent of the deaths happening in residential settings, the report says.

From 1999 to 2008, there were 11 deaths and 69 injuries from pool and spa entrapments, including children being caught in drains, the report said. Learn more about what types of drain covers are safe »

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The commission recommends that parents erect barriers around pools and spas, such as fences with alarms, to keep young children from swimming unsupervised.

The commission also announced a Web site -- PoolSafety.gov -- that offers safety information.

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