Crouched over the body of his son, pumping his frail chest, blowing breaths into his little mouth, Jason Martin thought: Not again.
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One in five people who drown is age 14 or younger, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Here are some ways to stay safe around water:
Teach children to ask permission to go near water. Don’t allow play near drains or suction fittings, and do not allow breath-holding contests.
At home, install safety covers, pool alarms and barriers around your pool or hot tub that enclose the entire area. Gates should be self-closing and the latches should be out of reach for small children.
Make sure to remove access ladders and secure the safety cover on above-ground or inflatable pools. Keep pool toys out of sight so they don’t attract young children.
For more information, visit The American Red Cross, www.redcross.org/prepare/disaster/water-safety
Source: The American Red Cross
Leading Causes of Death for age 1-4
Drowning is the second-leading cause of death for children age 1 to 4 and killed 436 in 2010.
Birth defects 507
Malignant tumor 346
Motor vehicle 343
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.