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Health Tip: Help Prevent Drowning

Last Updated: July 11, 2012.

(HealthDay News) -- Drowning is the fifth-leading cause of unintentional death in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The CDC offers these suggestions to help reduce the risk of drowning:

  • Adults should always carefully supervise children around any body of water -- including a bathtub. Avoid any distractions, such as reading or talking on the phone.
  • Everyone should always swim with a buddy.
  • Everyone should take formal swimming lessons, especially young children.
  • Anyone with a seizure disorder should be carefully supervised around water.
  • Always wear a life jacket when on a boat.
  • Always build a barrier around pools to protect children, even if they know how to swim.
  • Don't substitute water toys for life jackets.
  • Never drink alcohol while boating, swimming or supervising children in the water.
  • Never let children hold their breath for an extended period under water.

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