Parents Warned To Stay Vigilant Around Water This Summer

June 23, 2011 | Blog

The Indiana Department of Child Services reminded parents Tuesday of the need to be vigilant with children in and around water.

Seven Indiana children died from drowning in a bit more than two weeks from May 30 through June 13.

James W. Payne, DCS Director said, “Parents must be aware of their children at all times. Children can be out of sight for just a few seconds, and those few seconds can mean the difference between life and death.”

He stressed parents and caregivers shouldn’t rely on popular water toys like the foam noodles and inflatable tubes for their child’s safety.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, drowning is the leading cause of death for young children and the second leading cause of death for all children from one-year-old through 14-year-old.

Payne warned nothing beats close supervision by a parent or caregiver.

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