Drowning...It Only Takes a Second
This morning I read that there had been another drowning in Harris County, Texas. It seems that there has been one every weekend since the beginning of summer, and in fact, sadly I read that Harris County leads Texas in the number of child drownings in 2019.
This has to stop!
Even if your children know how to swim and may even be considered excellent swimmers please take these precautions…
*Never let anyone swim alone.
*DO NOT take your eyes off of a swimmer for even a second.
*If you are going to a water park, make sure there are enough eyes in your group to keep an eye on all of the children.
*Check the locks on your doors so that wee ones cannot go out when you’re not looking.
*Have an alarm system for your pool that can detect movement in the water when you are not there.
*Place a barricade around the pool for extra protection.
Arm yourself …
*Have a First Aid Kit handy that is geared towards your pool.
*Take a course in CPR and have others in your household trained.
Know the signs of drowning…
Contrary to what we see in the movies or on television, a person who is drowning does not call out for help or flail their arms about.
Usually occurs immediately after someone has taken in water through the nose or mouth and it causes a spasm in the airway. This is noticeable after the occurrence.
May not present for 24 hours after a person has ingested water. The water goes into the lungs and can cause inflammation or swelling making it difficult to breathe.
Please...let’s try to put a stop to this!