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Medical Minute: Outdoor Dangers

Updated: 04/17/2014 5:23 PM
Created: 04/17/2014 5:10 PM WDIO.com

As temperatures rise, the risks of danger to your health outside is growing too. But ABC's Dr. Timothy Johnson says there is some good news that could affect you and your family in this Medical Minute.

As the days get longer and temperatures increase, it's clear summer is not far away. For many, a time of picnics, beaches, and fireworks.

But as mercury rises, so do the chances of drowning as people spend more time by the pool or at the beach. It is one of the leading causes of death for small children and weekends are the most dangerous times.

The good news is that drowning rates have been steadily decreasing over the past decade. This, according to a new CDC report that looked at all reported drownings between 1999 and 2010. Among infants, a 46 percent drop in drowning deaths.

But that doesn't mean parents should let their guard down. Those with young children should put down their cell phones and keep a close eye when their kids are near water, and learn CPR. Swimming lessons can also help keep both kids and adults safe.

Most importantly, remember that when it comes to water safety prevention is the best cure.

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