Tips to Prevent Drowning

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 Healthcare Company, Mayo Clinic, states  “Water can be fun for children to play with — but it can also be deadly.”

 

According to CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), everyday, about ten people die from unintentional drowning. Two out of ten of these people are children aged 14 or younger.

 

 From 2005-2014, there was an average of 3,536 fatal unintentional drownings (non-boating related) annually in the United States — about ten deaths per day, according to the CDC.

 

 An article from Irvine named “Drowning Information – Save Lives Today” the author wrote,” Although 100 percent preventable, drowning is the leading cause of accidental death among children ages 5 and under in Orange County. In addition, adults age 59 and older account for more than 50 percent of drownings each year.”

 

 It also stated that “The common reason children drown is a lapse in active adult supervision. Drowning is silent and can occur in as little as two inches of water and as quickly as 20 seconds. ” Drowning in two inches of water may seem impossible, but it could just happen to your child right now.

 

To prevent drowning, parents should supervise children or/and watch them even when they are in a swimming pool, an ocean, or a lake. Every parent should follow the tips that the CDC provides, which are …

 

  1. Learn life-saving skills. Everyone should know the basics of swimming (floating, moving through the water) and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).
  2. Fence it off. Install a four–sided isolation fence, with self–closing and self–latching gates, around backyard swimming pools. 
  3. Make life jackets a must. Make sure kids wear life jackets in and around natural bodies of water, such as lakes or the ocean, even if they know how to swim.
  4. Be on the look out. When kids are in or near water (including bathtubs), closely supervise them at all times. 

 

One final tip from me…… HAVE FUN AND DON’T DROWN!

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