World Drowning Prevention Day is July 25…

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World Drowning Prevention Day is July 25…


In Harris County, Tx (where I live) we’ve had 9 child drownings for the year as of July 15. In a 24-hour period, two lives were lost in separate accidents at the same lake. 


Even if your child can swim like a fish, it’s important that they follow the golden rule of swimming and that is you never swim alone.  This goes for adults as well. 


What else can you do?




 DO NOT take your eyes off of anyone in the pool for even a second.

A family friend almost lost their daughter to drowning years ago. There were 4 adults sitting by the pool and their daughter was an excellent swimmer. Had it not been for her friend who was also in the pool with her, the outcome would have been devastating.

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…


The Instinctive Drowning Response

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. 


Dry Drowning 

Usually occurs immediately after someone has taken in water through the nor or mouth and it causes a spasm in the airway. This is noticeable after the occurrence.


Secondary Drowning

May not present for 24 hours after a person has ingested some water. The water goes into the lungs and can cause inflammation or swelling making it difficult to breathe. 





Did you know…


For children under 14, 88% of drowning deaths

occur with at least one adult nearby.


Drowning is the leading cause of death

in children ages 1-4




Summer means Ice Cream, Fun, and lots of fun in the water!  Let’s Be Safe!!

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Comments (23)

Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Kathy. Many think it redundant to hear so much about pool safety. You can never hear too much or need to pay attention more! Enjoy your day.

Jul 21, 2022 05:08 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

This is timely advice to share. Watch the kids rather than reading the book while they are in the pool.

Jul 21, 2022 05:17 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Kathy - very good and informative.  You covered it all.  Do not take water for granted.

Jul 21, 2022 06:10 AM
Bill Salvatore - East Valley
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em:

Everyday should be this focus, I can't even imagine. Great information.  Thanks for sharing and enjoy your week!

Jul 21, 2022 06:20 AM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

 I hate reading these awful stories Kathy. Even though people are warned each year, these terrible drownings still occur!

Jul 21, 2022 07:44 AM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

We have so many great options for pool safety child should ever die this way.

Jul 21, 2022 08:06 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Kathy, this is the time of year that we see this happening but lots of pools are close because of lack of lifeguards/  Make it a great day!

Jul 21, 2022 08:12 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Kathy, I think all children should know how to swim, just so these drowning will be fewer.   Not all parents think this is important, and is so wrong.   I used to teach swim lessons as a teenager.

Jul 21, 2022 08:26 AM
Leanne Smith
Dirt Road Real Estate - Golden Valley, AZ
Relocation to NW AZ with elbow room & more freedom

Learning to swim in Lake Superior, I am always surprised and saddened by the drownings. So thankful my parents instructed me correctly.

Jul 21, 2022 08:31 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

Sacramento is a city of two rivers (The Sacramento and The American).  We also have several area lakes.  Drowning prevention is an important topic here.

Jul 21, 2022 11:01 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Kathy good advice, and swimming alone is a definite NO, NO.

Jul 21, 2022 12:34 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Nina Hollander, Broker it is so sad and needless. We need to be alert to this. 

Brian England drownings and the young children left in hot cars...needless. 

Kat Palmiotti When we were in FL we had lifejackets for all sizes whether it was for the pool or when we went out on the boat. 

Jul 21, 2022 02:14 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Wayne Martin you are absolutely correct!  We have to keep reminding everyone and not stop. 

Excellent point Roy Kelley My niece didn't want to take her children to the water park because there was no way she could watch all three of them. 

Jul 21, 2022 02:15 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Grant Schneider it doesn't take much water for someone to drown so we have to keep our eyes open. 

Bill Salvatore - East Valley I feel so sorry for the families. 

Jul 21, 2022 02:22 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400 I cannot imagine being a lifeguard at the beach who have to watch so many people!

Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty this is so true. I was on a consultation in FL and while the seller and I were speaking, her toddler reached up and was this close to opening the door to the pool and patio area. 

Jul 21, 2022 02:24 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Will Hamm you're right.. .I did read that somewhere. 


Joan Cox I agree with you and I hope that those parents remember that even though their child can swim, they cannot take their eyes off of them. 

Jul 21, 2022 02:26 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Leanne Smith I'm glad that your parents taught you!  I think part of the problem can be when adults forget that just because a child can swim doesn't mean they can't run into a problem. 

Myrl Jeffcoat I'll bet it is!!! And I know how much you enjoy swimming. And with the temps everyone is having, more people want to head to the water. 

Jul 21, 2022 02:29 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

George Souto absolutely a No No!!! I agree. 

Jul 21, 2022 02:29 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Kathy it's so sad every time I hear of yet another child drowning in a pool. There are far too many of kids loosing their lives due to no fences, open gates etc etc. It's always me number one goal when we have a big group here along with a few younger ones to WATCH the pool.  Someone has always been 'elected' to watch out.  And thankfully all has been fine for 25+ years.  We plan to keep it that way.

Jul 21, 2022 03:48 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Kathy Streib - This is such an important topic.  I wrote a blog on this last year right before the 4th of July.  I probably should revisit it.  There is nothing sadder than turning on the news and hearing about another toddler drowning in the Phoenix area.  At least 2-3 times a week we see stories about this in Arizona.  It breaks my heart.  In my 50 years of owning a home, we have only been without a pool for 4 years. I watch kids like a hawk when it comes to pools.  Our personal pools have been fenced in or we have had special self-shutting childproof sliders leading to the pool area. Thank you for taking the time to highlight this important issue.

Jul 23, 2022 08:26 AM