Water, car safety urged for summer

62 Children have already drowned in 2010, 11 children have died from hyperthermia

POSTED: Wednesday, August 25, 2010 - 12:37pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 8:53am

Summer weather is upon us and the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) is urging all Texans to be on guard against one of the leading causes of death among infants, toddlers, and young children: accidental drowning and hyperthermia.

Already, at least 62 children have drowned in Texas this year, and yet the deadliest period for drowning, which lasts through Labor Day, still lies ahead. Each year, DFPS keeps an unofficial count of child drowning deaths. Last year, 113 children drowned in Texas - the most since DFPS began its count in 2005. Eleven children have died from hyperthermia because they were left in cars in the heat. Texas leads in the nation in hot car deaths among children.
“Each of these tragedies could have been prevented by not leaving children alone,” said Sasha Rasco, DFPS assistant commissioner for Child Care Licensing. “Children should never be left unsupervised for any length of time around water or in cars because the results can be devastating in a matter of minutes. If you can’t see them, you can’t save them.”

For more information, visit www.seeandsave.org.



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