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Safety tips while in the swimming pool this summer

Tips from Akron Children's Hospital

Published: May 23, 2014 1:10 AM
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AKRON, Ohio – As the weather heats up, children are eager to dig out their swimsuits and head to the pool. Afternoons of swimming and splashing can be a lot of fun. But mixing kids with water can also result in tragedy. More than 1,000 children drown each year in lakes, pools and boating accidents nationwide. Drowning is the second leading cause of death of children ages 1 to19, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.

"Drowning happens quickly and silently, without splashing or screaming," said Heather Trnka, injury prevention coordinator at Akron Children's Hospital. "It can occur in just the few short minutes it takes to answer the telephone.”

All children should have swimming lessons, but never assume swimming lessons make your child “drown proof.” The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends swimming classes for children ages 4 and older.

Drowning is one of the most preventable causes of death and can be avoided by taking the proper precautions. The following tips will help keep your kids safe during an afternoon of fun at the pool:

For more information, visit akronchildrens.org.


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