Interactive: How to Prevent Drowning Tragedies This Summer

Explore the interactive graphic above for pool tips.

As temperatures climb each summer, the number of drowning deaths does as well. 

Earlier this month, a 2-year-old boy died after wandering into a lake in Montgomery Village, Maryland.

On Sunday, 2-year-old twins were found unconscious in a pool in Sterling, Virginia. The little girl died at a hospital. Her brother died two days later.

Drowning is the leading cause of unintentional death among children age 1 to 4. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has tips on how you can help prevent a tragedy. 

Starting swimming lessons early can be critical.

Adults should always be present when children are around a pool. In 69 percent of drownings, children were not expected to be in or near a pool.

If your child goes missing, the first place to check should always be the pool. Every second counts. 

The CPSC's Pool Safely campaign offers additional tips on how to make sure your family stays safe poolside. For more information, see CPSC's website

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