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The YMCA of Metro North is reminding children and guardians to keep safety top of mind when heading to local pools, beaches, or lakes this coming Spring and Summer season. Last year was a tragic year with more than 47 people drowning in Massachusetts alone and a reported 167 near-drowning incidents in the last two years. In an effort to start our water safety campaign as early as possible, the Y will release a series of water safety instructional, videos, classes, and safety tips over the next several months.

In the United States, someone dies from drowning every 10 minutesOne out of every five drowning victims is a child, and, for every child who drowns, another five children get treated with injuries related to being submerged in water. Overall, drowning is the No. 2 leading cause of death for kids aged 5 to 14.

The YMCA observes National Water Safety Month each year in May, but there’s no time like the present to remind parents of the basics of year-round water safety.

Teaching children how to be safe around water is not a luxury; it is a necessity. During the last year, the YMCA of Metro North provided life-saving swim lessons to over 5,000 children and adults at their pools in Lynn, Melrose, Saugus, and Peabody. Swim lessons alone are not always enough to prevent serious harm or injury around the water. Everyone needs to stay alert and understand the importance of following safety rules.

“We know the risk of drowning or injury can be reduced by almost 90 percent if children participate in formal swim lessons by the age of 4,” says Kathleen Walsh, President and CEO of YMCA of Metro North. “We do everything we can at the Y to give adults and children the tools they need to be safe around water.”

The YMCA of Metro North is sharing our top water safety tips to help caregivers teach children to be water smart and water safe this summer. More resources are on the state water safety website: https://www.mass.gov/water-safety

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