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May Is Drowning Prevention Month

Pool parties and trips to the lake are what make summer memories, but as drowning deaths in Illinois rose to 15 cases, JB Pritzker has named this May Illinois Childhood Drowning Prevention Month. For children ages 1-4, drowning is the leading cause of unintended death, but the precautionary steps needed to keep young ones out of harm's way are not difficult. Illinois Division of Child and Family Services states that keeping pool gates locked and never leaving a child alone near water will prevent unneeded injuries or death. 


More safety protocols that will prevent unnecessary disaster include practicing diligence when children are playing in small pools, keeping 5-gallon buckets out of reach for children, and ensuring hot tubs and pools are covered when not in use. 


Knowing what to do in case of an emergency could save lives. Learning CPR and having rescue equipment on standby is recommended by DCFS. The threat of injury or death to a loved one while participating in the summer fun can be lessened by following these steps of safety.

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