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Child drownings remind all parents about importance of water safety

Splashing around in a pool provides relief from the heat, but experts urge parents to be cautious so summertime fun doesn’t turn into tragedy.

“A lot of people don’t recognize that drowning is still a leading cause of (accidental) death in children,” said Sarah Denny, an associate professor of clinical pediatrics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine and spokeswoman for the American Academy of Pediatrics.

From 2005 to 2014, there have been more than 3,500 drowning deaths each year nationwide, or 10 per day. Of those, 1 in 5 are children 14 and younger, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention…Please click here to read Vikki Ortiz Healy’s story in the Tribune.

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