Danger of drowning

drowningemsWith Wednesday’s drowning of a 3-year-old in a lake near an apartment complex — the third such tragic death of an area child in June — Wichita got another heartbreaking warning about the dangerous combination of kids and water. The community should keep the grieving families in its thoughts and prayers. Going into this long and festive holiday weekend, it also should redouble efforts to keep children under close supervision, especially around pools, ponds and lakes. As Safe Kids USA notes, it takes only an inch of water and a few silent minutes for a child to drown. And as the Kansas Child Death Review Board cautioned in its 2009 report: “There should always be an adult who is capable of responding to an emergency observing children around water.”