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Summer is right around the corner and that means many pools will be opening soon. While pools and boats are a keystone of summer fun, they represent a major danger to children of all ages. Drowning is the 2nd leading cause of death in children behind motor vehicle accidents.

The vast majority of drowning deaths are preventable. What can parents do to prevent drowning? Number one is supervision around pools. Most drowning deaths happen when a child less than 5 is left unsupervised around an unfenced household or hotel pool. Number two is swim lessons.

The Brighton Rec Center offers many levels of swimming lessons and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children older than 4 receive lessons. Swim lessons should not be considered a substitute for supervision. Other preventative measures include fences around home pools, life jackets on boats or around open water, and counseling teens about the risks of alcohol or drugs around water.

Please contact Brighton Pediatrics or visit our website at www.brightonpeds.com if you have further questions.

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