GREENSBORO, N.C. — Temperatures in some parts of the state may feel like they’re in the hundreds, but people are finding ways to cope with sweltering heat.

What You Need To Know

  • City of Greensboro public pools are free this year

  • Warnersville and Windsor pools in Greensboro are open three days a week

  • Seventy-seven percent of drowning deaths in pools involve children younger than 5 years old

Some who live in Greensboro are taking a dip in a pool to cool off from the hot temperatures.

“For one, it's something that's free, and it's fun and is easy. It’s down the street from where we live,” Holly Carr said.

For Carr and her son it’s another way to stay cool and still enjoy the summer day at Windsor Pool.

“Because I have a little boy and he's so full of energy, so it's just quick and simple to just bring him down the street to swim, to get some of his energy out, honestly,” Carr said.

According to the City of Greensboro this year the public pools are free. In previous years it cost a dollar to get in. Two pools are closed for major renovations (Lindley and Peeler pools) and the others (Warnersville and Windsor pools) are open for three days a week.

Spending the day at the pool is the perfect way to relax for Olivia West.

“Finally, didn't have some rain today, might rain a little bit later, but I really wanted to be able to get outside since it’s been so hot lately. And I looked on the website and saw that this is free. So, it was the best option,” West said.

West says normally she likes to spend her summer days at the park.

“But, you know, like when there's not a pool to get into, I can't stay out as long just because it gets unbearable at times,” West said.

Although the temperature outside is rising, the cool water is making the day feel more bearable.

If you’re hitting the pool over the Fourth of July holiday or the rest of summer, follow these safety tips:

  • Always actively watch kids, while they’re in or near water. Never leave them unattended
  • Make sure the children in your life know how to swim
  • Teach them to stay away from drains and other hazards
  • Know and be ready to perform CPR

Drowning is the top cause of unintentional deaths for kids, from 1 to 4 years old, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Seventy-seven percent of drowning deaths in pools involve children younger than 5 years old. African American children between 5 and 19 years old are more than five times more likely to drown than a white child of the same age.