How to keep your kids from drowning

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Now that pools are open and summer weather is here, it's important to keep an eye on your kids when they're in the water.

According to, 800 children drown every year in the United States and while 1 to 4 year olds are more likely to drown in a pool, 5 to 17 year olds are more likely to drown in a lake or river.
One of the most important things you can do is use active supervision.

Lt. Jim Bussell says, "There's a common misconception that when someone's drowning they make noise and you'll hear it, or if you only divert your attention for just a few seconds it'll be okay. Drowning happens very, very quickly, sometimes it happens very, very quietly."

Bussell says it's also important to note that it doesn't take much water for a child to drown.
More than half of all child drowning deaths are among children 0 to 4.