As swimming pools across the country prepare to open for the season, the consumer product safety commission has a new warning for parents.
It says the latest numbers show that drownings are the number one cause of accidental death in children under age 5, claiming the lives of nearly 400 kids every year.
"So many children die unnecessarily because they're not supervised. And most children younger than 5 die in a residential pool in someone's backyard," said Inez Tenenbaum, chairman of CPSC
The CPSC says most parents mistakenly assume that water wings and other floaties are enough to keep kids safe when adults aren't watching, but the experts say they're just toys intended to keep kids above water, most of the time.
Aside from the drowning, the CPSC says another 5,000 children end up in the hospital every year after a near drowning which can leave a survivor with brain damage.
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