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Drowning remains top cause of death for children one to four; take these steps to keep kids safe in water

By Dr. Scottie Day Special to KyForward Ask any child about the best part of summer, and chances are they will say it’s going to the pool or beach. And while parents are aware of the risk of drowning, it remains the number one cause of death in children ages one to four as well as a leading cause of death among teens. Nearly 1,000 children die due to drowning each year, and more than 8,700 children...

In wake of recent drownings, officials emphasizing safety when swimming, boating on Ky. waterways

With the recent summer-like temperatures, many people have been getting outdoors to enjoy Kentucky’s lakes and streams. If not careful, a fun day swimming or boating can turn tragic in a matter of seconds. Conservation officers with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources investigate boating accidents and fatalities on all waterways and reservoirs throughout the state. Often, they...

Kentucky Division of Water issues recreational guidelines for upcoming summer season

With summer approaching, The Kentucky Division of Water (DOW) and the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) offer these safety tips to help Kentuckians enjoy the many rivers, lakes and creeks in which to boat, fish, swim, canoe or otherwise enjoy our abundant water resources. Despite many water quality improvements, there is the potential for human health risks in any body of water. By using...