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CDC: Drowning a No. 1 killer among young kids

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Summer is here and many families are hitting the pools, beaches and lakes to cool off but it could be putting your children in danger. 

Drowning is the leading cause of unintentional injury death among children between 1 and 4 years of age, with almost 400 cases reported in 2014, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“It only takes a few seconds and a few inches of water for a child to drown,” said Dr. Jay Kaplan, president of the American College of Emergency Physicians. “While it’s impossible to predict and prevent every scenario, you can take steps to protect kids, stay safe and still enjoy the water.”

Doctors are strongly encouraging parents and guardians to teach their children how to swim safely as early as possible.

Ways to stay safe while swimming include supervising young children, learning CPR, using the buddy system and always wearing life jackets.

The CDC said every day about 10 people die from unintentional drowning. 

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