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Health Department Issues Drowning Warning

Health Department Issues Drowning Warning



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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Last May five children drown in separate incidents.

The Utah Department of Health is warning parents that drowning is the second leading cause of injury death for young Utah children.

According to death certificate data, there were 10 drowning-related deaths among children under the age of 16 between May of August of last year.

The department says most drownings occur when young children are out of their parents' sight or when teens are with peers.

The health department says children need to be actively supervised when they're around water and parents shouldn't ask children to supervise other children near water.

It also recommends children have life jackets when they are on or near water and children should learn to swim.

The health department Web site has more information on preventing drowning and other summer safety tips.

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http://www.health.utah.gov/vipp/

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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