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DHSS Press Release

Rita Landgraf, Secretary
Jay Lynch, Communications Director
(302) 540-4979, Cell

Date: May 27, 2011


Warmer weather means that the swimming season is on the upswing. Delaware's Division of Public Health (DPH) reminds Delawareans that taking precautions can prevent drowning and near-drowning incidents while enjoying the pool, hot tub, or waterways.

In 2010, in addition to three fatal drownings, there were 15 submersion injuries serious enough to cause hospitalization, according to the Delaware Trauma System Registry. Eleven of the 18 cases were children under 4 years old.

DPH recommends taking the following steps to ensure a proper safety environment while swimming:

For more tips on how to safely enjoy your water recreation experience, go to:

Delaware Health and Social Services is committed to improving the quality of the lives of Delaware's citizens by promoting health and well-being, fostering self-sufficiency, and protecting vulnerable populations.