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      Keeping children safe in the water

      On hot summer days, many of us are taking the kids to the pool to cool off and enjoy the sun.

      However, the water can be very dangerous. According to the CDC, every day about 10 people die from unintentional drowning. Of these, two are children age 14 or younger.

      Drowning ranks fifth among the leading causes of unintentional injury deaths in the US.

      Lack of swimming ability contributes to this high number. Studies have show that participation in formal swimming lesson greatly reduces the number of deaths in children ages one to four.

      Here are some tips to keep in mind if you are with kids by water this summer.

      â??Never leave a child unattended in the water or by the water. It only takes a second and very few times with the water do you have a second chance. If you have young or inexperienced swimmers, make sure that they have a US Coast Guard approved life jacket and they are wearing it -- same rule applies if youâ??re on the lake boating; make sure everyone has a life jacket and that they are wearing it,â?? said Anthony Wiggins, Ottumwa YMCA Aquatics and Wellness Services Director.

      For more information on Ottumwa YMCA swimming programs, click here.