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"CDC: Black children more likely to drown in pools"

Summary

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) highlights the racial disparities in drowning rates among children in the United States. The American Red Cross reports that drowning is a leading cause of death for children, and for every child who dies from drowning, five receive emergency care for nonfatal submersion injuries. According to the CDC, African-American children ages 10 to 14 drown in swimming pools at rates 7.6 times higher than white children. The report further reveals that 64% of African-American, 45% of Hispanic/Latino, and 40% of white children have few to no swimming skills. Lack of swimming skills among parents is linked to their children's lack of proficiency. Various factors contribute to drowning risks, including ineffective pool fencing, lack of close supervision, location, not wearing life jackets, and alcohol or drug use. Organizations like the Red Cross and the City of Sacramento offer swimming lessons and drowning prevention programs to address these disparities.

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