How To Keep Your Kids Safe While Swimming

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There are so many risk factors to consider when you, or your family go swimming.  So many people don't consider a few factors that could end up getting someone hurt, or killed. 

A group called Safe Kids Worldwide released a report this month that looked at different risk factors.  


1.  OPEN water is the most dangerous.  That means oceans, lakes, and rivers. 

 

     43% of childhood drownings happen there. 

 

     38% happen in swimming pools. 

 

     9% happen in bathtubs.

 

     The remaining 10% of drownings were unspecified.

  

2.  Keep an eye on teenagers at the beach, not just young kids. 

 

     49% of open water drownings involve kids between 15 and 19 years old. 

 

     15% involve 10-to-14-year-olds. 

 

     13% involve kids between 5 and 9. 

 

     And 23% involve kids under the age of 5. 

 

3.  Boys are more likely to get into trouble in the water.  80% of open water fatalities involve boys, and just 20% involve girls.


Sudden drop offs are also dangerous!  Keep your eyes open this summer while out swimming.  Have fun, and just take the proper measures!

TODAY

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