Drowning is the number one cause of death for kids

Knoxville, Tenn. It's the number one cause of death for kids under 15, drowning. This is the time of year when hospitals see a spike in these cases.

Emergency crews told us 750 children will drown in the next year. Kids under 4 have the highest drowning rates. Many of them will end up in the trauma unit at UT Medical Center.

"The most important thing is knowing what your child's skill level is and knowing where they're at when they're near bodies of water," said Sunshine Parker.

Doctors said the sooner you teach them how to swim the better.
If you're not sure of your kids swim level - you should make sure they wear a life vest.


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