Child drownings
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Another spring in Utah, another child drowned ("Taylorsville child dies after near-drowning in pond," Tribune, May 29). And another ("North Logan drowning victim identified," Tribune, June 22). And two near-drownings ("Two boys nearly drown in separate incidents," Tribune, June 19).

Unfortunately, there will more heartbreaking incidents before summer ends. The article "Drowning doesn't look like drowning" on www.slate.com should be required reading for anyone around children of any age near any body of water.

A child drowning in a backyard or community pool, hot tub, pond, etc., is not an "accident" but a preventable occurrence.

My sympathy goes to the loved ones of these precious, lost children. The unbearable sorrow will never go away, but surely it is made worse by knowing that it didn't have to happen.

Parents, family members, caregivers: Watch your children! No telephone call, front-door visitor, email, game or book is more important than watching your child.

A child under the age 7 should not be considered "water safe," even if he or she has had swimming lessons. Even at pools with lifeguards, parents should also pay attention. "Only a minute," or even a few seconds, is too long to be distracted from this duty. The consequences are too great.

Beverly O'Fee

Cottonwood Heights