Simple precautions can help prevent tragic drownings

July 02, 2019 05:45 PM

Summer is here and pools are open - making water safety top of mind.

Drowning is the leading cause of injury-related death in children between the ages of 1 and 4. It only takes two inches of water for a child to drown.

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Items like buckets, bathtubs, and even small inflatable backyard pools are places where little ones could potentially drown.

Drowning prevention often comes down to knowing where your children are at all times.

"For the children that are in that 1 to 4 age range, they actually can have an event simply because they're not being watched. And I think the most important thing is we understand someone who is paying attention and aware at all times of where their child is, because that is the number one reason for those children to have a drowning event," said Dr. Eva Love, with Cleveland Clinic.

To prevent unanticipated access to water, pool owners should always have barriers in place.


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