Play It Safe This Summer

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Child Drowning

The risk of drowning increases in the summer because more children are swimming and playing outside.


In the summer season, safety should never be out of our minds, according to the Nebraska Health and Human Services System.

"Accidental injuries to children increase dramatically during the summer months," said Jeanne Bietz, program coordinator Safe Kids Nebraska Coalition. "Motor vehicle crashes and drownings are the leading causes of death for children age one to 14 during the summer months. Parents and caregivers should take steps to safeguard their children from these preventable injuries and deaths."

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for this age group. As families take to the road for Memorial Day weekend, parents need to make sure that all passengers are properly restrained, whether in a child safety seat, booster seat or seat belt. Children up to about age eight and 80 pounds and under 4