11 of the Most Dangerous Places to Swim

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The drowning epidemic

orange life buoy on the waves as a symbol of help and hope

Splashing in the ocean or a pool is a fun way to spend your summer and beat the heat, but it doesn’t come without risks. Every year, more than 3,500 people fatally drown unintentionally, says the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Twenty percent of those are kids younger than 14 years old. Drowning isn’t always obvious, look out for these 8 silent drowning signs.

Taking the proper precautions, like these 12 essential water safety tips, saves lives. “The truth is that most of these unintentional drownings can be avoided. The most important thing is prevention,” says Gabriella Cardone, MD, an emergency medicine pediatrician with McGovern Medical School at UTHealth and attending physician at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital.

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