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Unintentional drowning is the leading cause of death in children under the age of four, after congenital defects.
Ten Americans die by drowning every day - amounting to more than 3,500 deaths a year, according to the latest CDC figures.
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Children account for one in five of those deaths, or around 700 a year - and many of those child drowning deaths take place in sunny California, where many homes have swimming pools.
While the state implemented stricter compulsory safety features for private pools in January, most existing pools do not have high level protections. Health officials are also pushing for more children to take swimming lessons, but for the youngest kids that's not much help.
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Last weekend, Olympic skier Bode Miller revealed his 19-month-old daughter lost her life after falling into their neighbor's private pool.
The news has reignited the CDC's calls for more to be done to curb the most common preventable cause of child death.
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