ATLANTA, June 8 (UPI) — Two U.S. children under age 14 die every day from drowning, federal health officials say.
Officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta advise parents to supervise children at all times around bathtubs, swimming pools and natural bodies of water.
“This means staying close enough at all times to reach out and touch a young child and avoiding distracting activities such as playing cards, reading books, or talking on the phone and of course, drinking alcohol,” the CDC says in a statement.
They also advise parents and children to learn to swim.
“Swimming lessons, even among toddlers and young children, can help protect them from drowning,” the agency said.
The CDC also recommends parents:
– Learn CPR.
– Make sure everyone always swims with a buddy.
– Look for swimming sites that have lifeguards on duty whenever possible.
– Do not use air-filled or foam toys as safety devices, since “water wings,” inner tubes or “noodles” do not take the place of life jackets. Toys are not designed to keep swimmers safe.
– Install a four-sided pool fence at least 4 feet high with self-closing gates with latches out of the reach of children.
– Remove floats, balls and other toys from around the pool because they encourage children to enter the pool area.
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