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Most Child Drownings In N.C. Occur In Natural Bodies Of Water

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RALEIGH — Most drowning deaths involving children occur in natural bodies of water.

There were 189 accidental child drownings in North Carolina between 1996 and 2000 and more than half occurred in lakes, rivers, ponds or the ocean. Pools had the second highest total at 49. Eighty percent of children who drowned in pools since 1996 drowned in residential pools.

Only two counties, Mecklenburg and New Hanover, have laws requiring fences around residential home pools.

A bill submitted in the State House this year, to make pool fences mandatory statewide, is still in committee.

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