DCFS officials issue warning after the drowning deaths of four Illinois children

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DCFS officials issue warning after the drowning deaths of four Illinois children

June 19, 2013 Updated Jun 19, 2013 at 4:10 PM CDT

The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services is issuing a warning to parents and caregivers following the drowning deaths of four children in the past week.

DCFS officials say they were notified Tuesday night that a 2-year-old toddler from Bartlett, Illinois had drowned. The child’s death was the fourth drowning death reported to the office in the last week.

Drowning is the leading cause of unintentional death in toddlers and preschoolers in the United States and the third-leading cause of intentional death in children of all ages.

DCFS Spokesperson Dave Clarkin says a child can drown in as little as one inch of water.

“Children need to be constantly supervised whenever they are near water, and parents need to educate themselves to quickly recognize water hazards when they are in new surroundings. A child’s first instinct is to explore a new park or backyard, and swimming pools, garden ponds, creeks and lakes are a magnet to kids,” said Clarkin.