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dangersign-192x300As the nation slips into summer and the statistical 100 deadliest days for kids, there are some timely reminders about keeping youngsters safer around swimming pools and the chemicals used with them and protecting them from the harms of riding mowers when the devices are run in reverse.

The Red Cross, of course, reminds that “10 people die each day from unintentional drowning, and on average two of them are younger than 14. Drowning is responsible for more deaths among children ages one to four than any other cause except birth defects. And among those 1-14, drowning is the second-leading cause of unintentional injury-related death behind motor vehicle crashes. For every child who dies from drowning, another five receive emergency care for nonfatal submersion injuries.”

The safety group, which urges parents to supervise kids closely near water and get them swimming lessons and instruction in ways to prevent water-borne mishaps, underscores that little kids drown most often at home — in pools, hot tubs, and spas, but also buckets, bath seats, wells, cisterns, septic tanks, decorative ponds, and toilets. Youngsters 5 and older drown more often in ponds, lakes, and the ocean.

babywalker-300x131Little ones may prove to be a handful to get around, but grownups need to be wary of products to make babies mobile.

Child safety advocates have not only re-upped their warnings, in particular, about infant walkers, but based on a new study of data from hundreds of thousands of emergency room visits between 1990 and 2014, experts have called on federal regulators anew to ban the manufacture and sale of this product across the country.

Researchers found that “more than 230,000 children under 15 months old were treated in U.S. hospital emergency departments for skull fractures, concussions, broken bones and other injuries related to infant walkers,” National Public Radio reported.

After a 7-year-old girl was found unconscious at the bottom of a public swimming pool in northeast Washington, D.C., on Labor Day, pool patrons immediately questioned how it was that another swimmer, and not a lifeguard, was the rescuer who saw her and pulled her to safety.

The lifeguards did administer resuscitation to the girl, who woke up at the scene and then was taken to a hospital.

Shawn Zeller, a witness who says he called 911, reported that when he arrived at the Langdon Park pool a short time before the event, both lifeguard stands were empty. He said that a few minutes after 4 p.m., the girl was pulled by another patron from the bottom of the shallow end of the pool, directly in front of one of the lifeguard stands, which in the meantime did have a guard sitting in it, who apparently didn’t see the girl in front of him.

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