By: Brianna Hoge
In the South, summertime usually means spending lots of time in the water, at swimming pools, the lake or a river. Drowning is the No. 1 cause of death in children ages 1-4, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
A University of Alabama at Birmingham pediatric safety expert stressed that proper supervision can help prevent drowning and other injuries.
“Backyard swimming pool drownings are far too common,” said David Schwebel, Ph.D., director of the UAB Youth Safety Lab. “These incidents are devastating to families, and they can be prevented.”
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