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.