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Youth water safety is key in preventing drowning

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The Lima YMCA wrapping up their week long SPLASH program, teaching youngsters some basic water safety that could save a life. The Lima YMCA wrapping up their week long SPLASH program, teaching youngsters some basic water safety that could save a life.
According to the consumer product safety commission, 163 children younger than the age of 15 drowned in pools and or spas across the country in 2017. According to the consumer product safety commission, 163 children younger than the age of 15 drowned in pools and or spas across the country in 2017.

Drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional injury-related deaths among children age 1 to 14 years and it can be prevented.

Research shows that participation in formal swimming lessons can reduce the risk of drowning in kids. The Lima YMCA wrapping up their week-long SPLASH program, teaching youngsters some basic water safety that could save a life.

"You're also learning how to tread so if you would get stranded or you would jump into unfamiliar water that you could keep yourself up and not drown. Also with swimming lessons you not only learn safety in the water, you learn safety out of the water," explained Megan Eklof, Aquatics Director.

According to the consumer product safety commission, 163 children younger than the age of 15 drowned in pools and or spas across the country in 2017. 112 of those deaths were children under the age of 5. Ohio was listed to have 7 deaths.

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