STAMFORD — Stamford has recieved a $131,000 grant to enforce swimming pool safety in advance of the summer season. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, the agency responsible for the grant, drowning is the leading cause of unintentional death for children aged 1-4.

The money will allow the city to run free swimming classes for 64 children as well as train Department of Health and Recreation Services staff in water safety. Those staff members will then educate the public in several city summer camps.

The Stamford YMCA will also join the effort with a Safety Around Water Program in May. Open to children ages 3-17, the 8-day course will teach children skills to reduce their risk of drowning and give them confidence in water. More information can be found at www.stamfordymca.org.