abc
QUICK LINKS:

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.

Front Page

  • Superior Police: Officer's Use of Force Justified

    The Superior Police Department says an internal investigation has found an officer's use of force was justified in an arrest seen on a controversial dashcam video.  However, the officer was given a 10-hour unpaid suspension for "vulgar and unprofessional" communication during the arrest.

  • Johnston Investigation Concludes Five Allegations Substantiated

    An investigation into allegations that a Duluth school board member threatened the district's superintendent and other board members concludes that five of six claims are warranted. A 67-page report details the allegations against school board member Art Johnston released to Eyewitness News on Friday.

  • Denfeld High School Debuts In-School Food Pantry, Clothes Closet

    A new program at Denfeld High School in Duluth aimed at making sure students don't go hungry or without clothes, made its debut on Friday. The Hunter Hut food pantry and clothes closet is the first of its kind in an eight-county radius because it gives students the chance to shop for free groceries and clothing right at school....

  • Rice Lake Township Makes Moves To Become a City

    After the City of Duluth brought up the idea of annexing Rice Lake Township, township leaders are continuing their efforts to turn the township into a city. 

  • Washburn Co. Sheriff: Concrete Damaging Tires on Hwy. 53

    The Washburn County Sheriff's Office says five vehicles have suffered tire and wheel damage due to concrete problems on U.S. Highway 53.  Sheriff Terry Dryden said county highway workers are checking to see what can be done.

 
Advertisement