Jun 12, 2014 12:32 PM by Mike Gillaspia
CORPUS CHRISTI - With school ending and the summer months just beginning, many children will be looking toward water activities as a way to beat the heat. For that reason, it is important for everyone to be aware of what it takes to stay safe when around the water.
So far this year, 22 children have died in water-related incidents in Texas. That compares with 82 reported deaths in 2013. In fact, drowning is a leading cause of accidental death for children under the age of five, with toddlers being especially at risk. According to experts, drowning can happen in almost any amount of water. Parents and other caregivers are cautioned to never leave a child unsupervised around water, whether indoors or outdoors. It only takes a few minutes for a child to drown.
The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services operates a website with several unique features, including statistics of water-related deaths by county, a statewide tracking map and ideas on how to keep everyone safe around water - including in pools, bathtubs, buckets and septic tanks, or ponds, creeks and lakes.
Visit www.watchkidsaroundwater.org for additional information.
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