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WAUSAU (WAOW) - Each year, thousands of children die and millions are hurt in accidents that could have been prevented.

The Child Safe Network, which has a branch in Wausau, estimates 9,000 families lose a child every year because of accidents.

With summer just around the corner and more children spending time outside, here's some simple steps to keep children safe:

-Water safety is a must. Many communities have swimming lessons available for children.
 
-If go boating, make sure your children wear life jackets. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that in 2009 seven out of 10 people who died in boating accidents drowned. Of those, 90 percent were not wearing a life vest.

-Biking is a fun family activity but it can lead to trouble without a helmet.
More children ages 5 to 14 are seen in emergency rooms for injuries related to biking than any other sport. Helmets can reduce the risk of severe brain injuries by 88 percent – - See more at: http://www.safekids.org/bike#sthash.W84ULwHz.dpuf
More children ages 5 to 14 are seen in emergency rooms for injuries related to biking than any other sport. Helmets can reduce the risk of severe brain injuries by 88 percent – - See more at: http://www.safekids.org/bike#sthash.W84ULwHz.dpuf
More children ages 5 to 14 are seen in emergency rooms for injuries related to biking than any other sport. Helmets can reduce the risk of severe brain injuries by 88 percent – - See more at: http://www.safekids.org/bike#sthash.W84ULwHz.dpuf
 Child Safe says more children ages 5 to 14 are seen in emergency rooms because of bike accidents than any other activity.

-When it comes to fun in the sun, experts recommend using plenty of sunscreen and drinking plenty of fluids to stay hydrated.

For more tips click on the following link: www.safekids.org
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