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Parents urged to take water safety pledge

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While the holiday hasn't offered Minnesotans much in the way of good swimming weather, Memorial Day weekend does mark the traditional opening of many public pools and beaches. WCCO-TV reports that a Twin Cities foundation is pushing parents to take a water safety pledge to keep their children safe when they are swimming or near a body of water.

Edina-based Abbey’s Hope is promoting the Water Watchdog Tag.

It is a tag that parents wear around the neck or wrist. The tag is designed to provide a physical reminder that parents should maintain constant visual contact with their children while they are near pools, lakes and streams.

In 2012, there were a record 39 drowning deaths in Minnesota. Drowning is the second leading cause of death in children, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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