It’s Hot! Be Cool and Be Safe in the Water!

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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.


The Instinctive Drowning Response…

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!



Dry Drowning

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. 


Secondary Drowning…

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!

Comments (20)

Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Kathy... this is a message that can never be repeated too often. You'd think people know what to do to stay safe and yet each year there are awful accidents around pools and water.

Jul 30, 2021 04:37 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Kathy. This is a warning that cannot be repeated too often. Thanks. Enjoy your day.

Jul 30, 2021 04:43 AM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Hmm, I didn't realize that drowning was still that common.  Pool safety is definitely something that is preached in Arizona.

Jul 30, 2021 04:53 AM
Sham Reddy CRS
H E R Realty, Dayton, OH - Dayton, OH

Thanks for sharing Kathy! Water safety is so important.

In Dayton,OH area we just had drowing of a 14 year old girl at a water park with inadequately trained lifeguards on duty

Jul 30, 2021 05:36 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker, eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Good information to be sharing! The speed with which one can drown is scary (per the video).

Jul 30, 2021 05:49 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hi Kathy,
It's been super hot here recently and, sadly, we've had at least two child drownings from swimming in irrigation holding ponds in our region. 

Jul 30, 2021 06:16 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Smart parents make sure to "waterproof" their children at an early age.  It is an important step in growing up.  Happy Friday!  A

Jul 30, 2021 06:29 AM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Good morning Kathy! WOw - so much I didn't know about drowning. I hope you repost this every Spring as we will need the reminders.

Jul 30, 2021 07:10 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Kathy - as the Dog Days of August approach, this is a good reminder to all.  

Jul 30, 2021 07:37 AM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

from my perspective it is quite a bit hotter in Houston (in the summer) than Florida. I had a tough time with those days it got to 102

Jul 30, 2021 08:19 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello kathy,  I had a friend that drown when she was 12 year old and will always remember that.  I can not recall the last time I was in a pool probably 6 years ago.


Jul 30, 2021 08:32 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

This is timely information to share as many families are using pools and visiting the beach this summer.

Jul 30, 2021 10:19 AM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

It an never be stated enough to be wary of water and never go swimming alone.  Too many people are drowned each year through carelessness

Jul 30, 2021 02:03 PM
Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint
Sandpoint Realty LLC - Sandpoint, ID
North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227

Secondary that is a scary.  Thank you for the info.  Be safe this weekend yourself.  Mark

Jul 30, 2021 02:45 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Kathy good information to pass on.  I don't think I have heard of secondary drowning before.

Jul 30, 2021 03:12 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Sacramento has two rivers flowing through it.  And, there are several lakes and reservoirs as well.  Water safety is an important topic here.

Jul 30, 2021 07:40 PM
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Kathy.

Back in the day I was a water baby.  My parents had me taking lessons about the same time I started walking.  I returned the lesson with my own kiddos.

Jul 31, 2021 12:11 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Hi Kathy - we are ever so so so careful when kids (and adults) are in or around our pool.  It is so sad to hear about little ones drowning here in the PHX area because they were left unattended for just a moment or two OR people were having a party and nobody noticed a child (or adult) was in trouble in the pool.  Very, sad and it doesn't need to be that way.

Jul 31, 2021 10:56 AM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

All of my grandbabies LOVE the water...those dry and after the fact drownings are really frightening threats.

Jul 31, 2021 03:47 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Kathy:

Not a pleasant topic but an essential message to be shared over and over.


Aug 01, 2021 11:17 AM