Prevention of Drowning
Drowning-to dies under water or other liquid of suffocation. This is when large amounts of water enter into the lungs, and air is not able to get in due to the water.
It’s the summertime and school is out of session. This means students from pre-k up to 12th grade have more free time to enjoy their summer. Majority of these students love to go to beach or hang out around the pool. Florida is the second state in the nation that has a high in incidents of children drowning. Texas is number one.
Drowning is the leading cause of death among children age one to four years and second leading cause of death for children aged five to 14.
From 1999 to 2010, nearly 14,000 Americans age 19 and younger drowned, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Forty percent of those cases were among children ages 1 to 4, and at least half of those deaths occurred in swimming pools.
While most outdoor swimming pools throughout the country are now closed for the season, many pools in warm weather states such as Florida remain open year-round. That means the risk for child drowning remains high and consequently, the need for heightened pool safety protocol.
Ways to prevent drowning:
• Sign your children up for swimming lessons. Children as young as 6 months are able to learn how to swim. Babies are smarter than we think, and the earlier they are taught a skill, the quicker they will learn it. We live in Florida, and in my personal opinion it should be a requirement for children to learn how to swim.
• If you go swimming with the kids at the beach be sure to keep them closer to the shore, and not where rough currents are. Rough currents will increase the chances of making anyone drown, due to the forces and direction the water is going.
• Have kids that don’t know how to swim wear life jackets. This helps keeps them afloat.
• Become CPR certified. There are programs are available in every community. They’re offered in libraries, fire departments, and health departments. CPR has saved so many lives that could have been taken away from drowning.
Let’s keep our kids safe this summer by taking certain precautions. You all have a great summer and God bless!