Health Minute: Swimming Safety

Jul 7, 2020

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Many swimming pools, lakes, and beaches are open. 

While water offers children an opportunity for outdoor exercise, it is important to know that drownings are a leading cause of injury and accidental death for children ages 1 to 14.  

Children need to be well supervised around any body of water. Adults supervising children should remain vigilant and avoid distractions such as reading or using electronic devices.  

If you have a backyard pool, be sure the pool is fenced-in and has a gate that closes and latches automatically.  

All children should wear life jackets even if they know how to swim.  

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