It’s Hot! Be Cool and Be Safe in the Water!
This is not the first time I’ve shared this information but with so many areas experiencing high temperatures, it’s important to protect you and your family.
Summer weather always calls for some time in the water, either in a pool, the lake, river, ocean, or water parks. And let’s face it, what better way to stay cool and have fun.
However, did you know that…
An average of 3,957 unintentional drowning deaths occurred each year from 2010–2019. That’s about 11 drowning deaths per day.
Besides making sure that you and your family know how to swim, there are other things you need to do to be safe.
But did you know that there are other kinds of drowning you need to be aware of?
Drowning doesn’t always involve screaming and the flailing about of arms.
Because of our innate protective response, a drowning person cannot call out for help because as their mouth reaches the surface of the water, they are trying to take in air. The need for air supersedes speech.
You will see their arms flailing or trying to push down on the water to push themselves up.
Be alert for this!
This 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.
This may not be noticed for 24 hours after a person has taken in some water. The water goes into the lungs and can cause some inflammation or swelling, making it difficult to breathe.
Be Alert, Be Safe, and Have Fun!