June7, 2002

Editorial

Pool Drowning:

We recently read a story about a 7-year-old boy who drowned during at a friend’s birthday party, which was being supervised by ten adults. With that many adults watching over the children, one would assume that all of the necessary safety precautions would have been taken!

But it doesn’t take long for a drowning accident to occur. It is estimated that more than 500 drownings happen each year. In nearly 80 percent of child drownings, victims are out of their parent’s sight for five minutes or less. Sixty percent of the children who drown are between the ages of six months and 4-years-old. Eighty five percent of young drowning victims perish in either in their own swimming pool or a friend’s pool.

Summer vacation is here, days are getting hotter and kids will want to go swimming. The best precaution is to teach your children how to swim at an early age. Even still, whenever around a pool adults have to be vigilant; don’t let a preventable accident happen to your child.

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