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Six steps to preventing drowning

Wednesday, July 14, 2010; B04

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, children and minorities are two groups most at risk for drowning. In 2007, of the children 1 to 4 who died from unintentional injuries, almost 30 percent died from drowning. And between 2000 an 2007, the drowning rate for African Americans across all ages was 1.2 times that of whites. The CDC recommends six steps to prevent drowning.

-- Designate a responsible adult to watch young children while bathing, swimming or playing in or around water.

-- Always swim with a buddy, and select swimming sites that have lifeguards when possible.

-- Do not drink alcohol while supervising children.

-- Take formal swim lessons.

-- Learn CPR.

-- Do not use foam toys, water wings or inner tubes in place of life jackets.

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