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Parents Urged to Make Water Safety a Priority This Summer

As Hoosiers gear up for trips to the pool, beach, rivers and lakes, the Indiana Department of Child Services and the Department of Natural Resources remind parents and guardians to make water safety a priority this summer.

Families are encouraged to make sure that both adults and children have the knowledge, skills and equipment they need to be safe in and around water.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that about one in five people who die from drowning are children 14 and younger with children 1 to 4 having the highest drowning rates.

The most recent Indiana child fatality data shows that in fiscal year 2012, eight Hoosier children died from drowning.

The DNR reports 28 open water drownings so far in 2014 with 12 of the victims being 18 years old or younger.

Officials say it’s important for parents and guardians to watch what their children are doing in and around the water even when lifeguards are present.