Nearly 4,000 people drown each year and thousands more are treated in emergency departments. This podcast discusses ways to prevent drowning. Created: 6/21/2012 by MMWR.
Date Released: 6/21/2012. Series Name: A Minute of Health with CDC.
A MINUTE OF HEALTH WITH CDC
Learn to Swim
Drowning — United States, 2005–2009
Recorded: June 19 2012; posted: June 21, 2012
This program is presented by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
As the weather warms, families will be heading to pools and beaches to try and beat the heat. However, drowning is among the leading causes of unintentional death worldwide and is the number one cause among children between one and four years. Nearly 4,000 people drown each year and thousands more are treated in emergency departments.
When children aren’t supposed to be in the water, supervision isn’t enough. Barriers, like fences around pools, need to be in place. When children are in the water, supervision and swimming skills can keep them safe. Swimming lessons as early as age one can help prevent drowning.
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