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Water related deaths prompt calls for safety

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) ó State officials concerned about the eight Indiana children who have drowned since May 31 are pushing parents to be more vigilant about water safety.

Indiana Department of Child Services Director James Payne says adults need to take more responsibility for safety. He says itís important for adults to know at all times where the water is and what conditions are like.

State Health Commissioner Greg Larkin says parents should consider fencing off pools or installing lockable ladders. The Indianapolis Star reports that Larkin suggests learning CPR and emptying inflatable pools when not in use.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says drowning is the leading cause of accidental death for children ages 1 to 4. State officials say 42 children have drowned in Indiana in the last three years.



Posted 6/22/2011