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So far, three children under the age of 11 have drowned in Kansas swimming related accidents since the beginning of May.
A news release from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment states overall, six drowning deaths have occurred this year. '' Supervision by parents and guardians are needed to reduce the risk of drowning among children in Kansas." said Doctor Charles Hunt, State Epidemiologist, in Topeka.
With high temperatures and the holiday atmosphere of summer, children will play in or near the water. This means parents and guardians must actively supervise, with their eyes on their kids at all times. “Kids drown quickly and quietly,” said Cherie Sage, State Director for Safe Kids Kansas. “A drowning child cannot cry or shout for help. The most important precaution for parents is active supervision. Simply being near your child is not necessarily supervising.”
For more information about drowning and water safety call Safe Kids Kansas at 785-296-0351 or visit www.safekids.org.
(KFDI News, John Wright)