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Water Safety

Drowning is the leading cause of unintentional injury-related death for children ages 1 to 4. It takes only seconds to drown, and often occurs silently when an unsupervised child is near water.

Although most drownings occur in residential swimming pools, children can drown in just one inch of water (such as in buckets, bath tubs, wading pools, diaper pails, toilets, hot tubs, and spas). In addition, open waters such as oceans, rivers, and lakes pose a drowning threat to older children.

Consider these facts concerning drowning from the National SAFE KIDS Campaign:

Parents are advised to take the following preventive steps to protect their children from drowning:

There are many different water-related incidences that require emergency clinical care by a physician or other healthcare professional. Listed in the directory below are some considerations, for which a brief overview has been provided.

If you cannot find the information in which you are interested, please visit the Safety and Injury Prevention Online Resources page in this Web site for an Internet/World Wide Web address that may contain additional information on that topic.


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