Since children are have more free time and engage in more outdoor activities from May to August, tragedies peak.
According to the American Red Cross , an estimated 350 children younger than 5 drown in US swimming pools every year.
In addition, 2,000 children in this age group are treated in hospital emergency rooms for submersion injuries.
It's a known fact that most water tragedies are preventable.
While signing your kid up for swimming lessons is an excellent first step, parents and kids alike still need to learn the basic rules of water safety.
The American Academy of Pediatrics warns teaching your child how to swim DOES NOT mean your child is safe in water.
It also offers these tips:
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