Each year there are thousands of unintentional, non-boat related drownings in the United States. These tragic incidents don't even take into account the far greater number of cases involving emergency treatment for non-fatal submersion injuries.
As the weather warms up and everyone spends more time in the water, it's essential to be prepared to prevent catastrophe.
Swimming Safety Means Paying Attention
Drowning can happen in less than one inch of water. This means taking extra precautions when you or your family are in or around pools, ponds, lakes, and even the bathtub.
Signs that someone is drowning are often not apparent to the untrained eye. That's why it's essential to recognize them. They include:
Drowning is normally quiet, without the frantic thrashing and calls for help often portrayed on television and in movies. That's why it's critical to stay vigilant, especially when there are children in the water. It's never "silly" to respond immediately to any sign of potential concern. In fact, a fast response is exactly what's needed.
Here are other important guidelines:
Remember that prevention is the best means of keeping you and your family safe!
How to Help Someone Who's Drowning
Knowing CPR is crucial. Anyone spending significant time in or around water (and parents or teens who have not done so already) should strongly consider CPR certification.
If you suspect someone is drowning, immediately: