Water Safety & Signs of Drowning!
August 23, 2011
Most of these are common sense, but it doesn’t hurt to keep them fresh in your mind! This is a scary topic…but one that can save lives!
1) Supervise your children! Make sure to give your undivided attention, take turns sharing the “water watcher” role with other parents…but make sure someone is watching them at all times!
2) Swimming Lessons save lives! From about the age of 4 you should enroll your kids into swimming lessons! But remember, this is not a guaranteed safety net!!! Some of the best swimmers in the world have drowned, but even basic knowledge can prepare children for sticky situations!
3) Make sure the kids swim only in designated area’s…seems simple but true, these area’s have been roped off because they have been inspected for safety! Use these area’s
4) When swimming in lakes, rivers and oceans, make sure your children know the differences from a pool i.e. currents, drop-offs, undertow’s, varying depths…etc…
5) Last but most importantly…learn CPR (and keep a phone handy for emergency’s)…if the worst should happen…be prepared!
For more safety tips visit: www.safekids.org
Also learn the “real” signs of drowning as provided by the Journal of the US Coast Guard:
- Except in rare circumstances, drowning people are physiologically unable to call out for help. The respiratory system was designed for breathing. Speech is the secondary or overlaid function. Breathing must be fulfilled, before speech occurs.
- Drowning people’s mouths alternately sink below and reappear above the surface of the water. The mouths of drowning people are not above the surface of the water long enough for them to exhale, inhale, and call out for help. When the drowning people’s mouths are above the surface, they exhale and inhale quickly as their mouths start to sink below the surface of the water.
- Drowning people cannot wave for help. Nature instinctively forces them to extend their arms laterally and press down on the water’s surface. Pressing down on the surface of the water, permits drowning people to leverage their bodies so they can lift their mouths out of the water to breathe.
- Throughout the Instinctive Drowning Response, drowning people cannot voluntarily control their arm movements. Physiologically, drowning people who are struggling on the surface of the water cannot stop drowning and perform voluntary movements such as waving for help, moving toward a rescuer, or reaching out for a piece of rescue equipment.
- From beginning to end of the Instinctive Drowning Response people’s bodies remain upright in the water, with no evidence of a supporting kick. Unless rescued by a trained lifeguard, these drowning people can only struggle on the surface of the water from 20 to 60 seconds before submersion occurs.
Enjoy the rest of your summer and be safe!