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Help Prevent Number One Cause of Death for Children Age One to FourSubmitted: 05/15/2013
Story By Lyndsey Stemm


RHINELANDER - Within the next few weeks the water will warm up and families will start to hit the beaches at our local lakes.

The Oneida County Drowning Prevention Task Force wants parents to remember to keep their eyes open.

In the last three years three people have drowned in Oneida County. It's the leading cause of death in one to four-year-olds.

Local advocates say preventing it can be as easy as keeping your eyes on the water.

"The big thing is that parents are supervising the kids; that they're not texting, they're not reading, they're not sleeping in the sun; that there is a designated water watcher. And they can pick up the water watcher card here at the Y if they're interested in having a card for themselves," says YMCA Aquatics Director Melissa Nieman.

When groups go to the beach having a water watcher card can help adults share the responsibility.

They can take turns being in charge of paying complete attention to what's going on in the water, and tuning out everything else.

The YMCA of the Northwoods also offers the SPLASH program. It's funded through the United Way, and is free to the public. Kids can take an hour lesson on water safety.

You can contact the YMCA for more information.




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