28 drownings in Texas prompt a push for summer water safety - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

5/28/10

28 drownings in Texas prompt a push for summer water safety

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - The Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) is urging all Texans to be on guard against one of the leading causes of death among infants, toddler and young children; accidental drowning.

Already, at least 28 children have drowned in Texas this year, and yet the deadliest period for drowning, from Memorial Day through Labor Day, still lies ahead. Each year, DFPS keeps an unofficial count of child drowning deaths. Last year, 112 children drowned in Texas, the most since DFPS began its count in 2005.

"Each of these tragedies could have been prevented by not leaving children alone in or near water," said Sasha Rasco, DFPS Assistant Commissioner for Child Care Licensing. "Children should never be left unsupervised for any length of time around water because the results can be devastating in a matter of minutes. If you cant see them, you cant save them."

Extra care is needed as Texas families flock to the water to keep cool and have fun during the first holiday weekend of the summer season.

So far this year, child drowning deaths have occurred mostly in backyard pools and bathtubs. But in past years children have died in lakes, creeks, hot tubs, buckets of water, toilets, and even in a septic tank.

Federal statistics show that children under one year most often drown in bathtubs, buckets, or toilets, while children from one to four years old most often drown in residential swimming pools. Most young children who drowned in pools were last seen in the home, had been out of sight less than five minutes, and were in care of one or both parents at the time.

For more information about children and water safety, please visit the "See and Save" website at www.seeandsave.org.

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