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.