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Supervision is the key to prevent drowning

06-17-2010

More than 1,000 American children die each year in water and boating-related accidents.

In a new podcast video, Lisa Pardi, RN, MSN, injury prevention coordinator at Akron Children's Hospital, talks about the importance of supervision when children are near water, as well as other tips to help keep kids safely in the swim.

"Drowning is silent, and it is so important for parents to keep an eye on kids around the water," said Pardi. "Most kids who die in swimming pools have been absent from their parents for only 5 minutes and both parents are home."

Pardi discusses the merits of swimming lessons and the importance of using life vests when boating. She provides resources for parents who are interested in learning more about water safety.

The video is available at www.akronchildrens.org/story and type in the keyword, "water safety." You can also find the video at www.youtube.com/akronchildrens

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