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Officials caution: Be safe in the water

June 8, 2011

As temperatures heat up, many area residents will turn their attention to local lakes and swimming pools to try to keep cool. However, according to officials with the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, fun in the water can quickly turn deadly without proper supervision for children.

“With high temperatures and the summer vacation here, 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,” said Marleigh Meisner, public information officer for DFPS.

“Already, at least 28 children have drowned in Texas this year, and yet the deadliest period for drowning, from Memorial Day 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.”

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