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Officials Encourage Summer Water Safety

by Max Gotlieb
Healthcare Reporter

As summer approaches, many will begin swimming in pools, lakes, and the ocean. Swimming, a fun pastime, is enjoyable, yet extremely dangerous when proper precautions are not taken. Drowning is the fatal consequence of pool safety not being taken seriously.
According to the CDC, there is an average of 3,536 deaths as a result of unintentional drowning every year. Children aged 14 years and younger account for 1 of every 5 unintentional drowning deaths.
It is crucial to understand risk factors that contribute to drowning. These include swimming without the proper ability, lack of barriers around the body of water, lack of supervision, alcohol use, and preexisting medical conditions.
Meghan Holohan from Today.com writes, "For safer open water swimming the organization recommends teaching open water swimming, as well as pool swimming, and having a designated "watcher" who keeps an eye on swimmers the whole time they're in the water.&…