SALT LAKE CITY -- Utah health officials are warning the public to be careful around open water as the state experiences above average snowpack this year that could lead to flooding.
The Utah Department of Health says parents should never take their eyes off children around water since it only takes seconds for a child to drown.
As temperatures warm up, the department says parents should supervise children playing around water and learn infant and child CPR. Parents should also warn teenagers of risks of overestimating how well they swim and tell them to stay alert and avoid distractions.
The department says drowning is one of the leading causes of injury-related death for children under 18 in Utah.
Since 2008, 24 Utah children 18-years-old and younger have drowned.