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…
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 nor 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 some water. The water goes into the lungs and can cause inflammation or swelling making it difficult to breathe.
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!!