Water Safety: Could You Spot a Drowning Child?
If you think drowning involves failing arms and cries for help, you're 100% wrong. Read on for the symptoms and signs.
Drowning is the second leading cause of death of children from ages 1-14, and the leading cause of death of children aged 1-4, so says the CDC. A large part of the problem is that drowning is a silent killer, and doesn't look at all like it does in the movies and on television. Learn to know the warning signs of drowning and how to prevent it, as well as what to do when you are in this terrifying situation.
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Drowning Prevention Tips to Keep Kids Safe This Summer
From Health Magazine
Every day in the United States, 3 children will drown, according to this article from Health Magazine. Layers of protection such as fencing, alarms, pool rules, pool covers, etc. are the best ways to insulate the pool from accidents. While layers of protection in swimming pools are the best means of protection, the most important factor is attention and supervision. This article from Health gives some easy tips to follow that could potentiall save lives, such as keeping count of the swimmers and enforcing rules.
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Drowning often quick, silent. How to spot someone in trouble
Drowning doesn't look like drowning. Most people have a vision of what a drowning looks like, which is how it it portrayed in the movies and on television. Flailing arms, yelling for help, bobbing up and down in a frenzy; this just isn't what an actual drowning looks like in real life. In this article from Today, water safety expert Mario Vittone is quoted as saying, "Hollywood teaches us that there is splashing and yelling, and that's almost never the case,". "Drowning is often silent." Read about the warning signs, and how you can be a part of the anti-drowning solution by providing the most important factor in drowning prevention: Parental supervision.
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3 S's for Swimming Safety this Summer
From AquaticSafetyGroup via Youtube
Safety around a swimming pool is paramount to prevent accidential drownings. There are many ways to keep your swimming pool safe, but to make the biggest strides, it is best to keep the message simple. In this video from the Aquatic Safety Group, swimming pool safety is distilled into a simple mnemonic: Supervision, Suit-up in a life jacket, and Swim Lessons. Adhering to the three "s"'s could eliminate a very large percentage of accidential drownings that occur every day in America.
Drowning Doesn't Look Like Drowning
From Mario Vittone
Do you know what it looks like when someone is drowning? You probably have an image from television or the movies, of a potential victim splashing and thrashing wildly yelling "help, I cant swim!" Unfortunately, this is not at all what the actual drowning response looks like. Follow the link above to hear about what drowning really looks like, and how to recognize it if it ever happens in your presence.
Water Safety at Home Tips
from Safe Kids Worldwide
Don't Leave Kids Alone in or Around Water
Never leave your child unattended around water. We know it sounds strict, but there is no room for compromise on this one. Babies can drown in as little as one inch of water.
Put the cell phone away, forget about all the other things you have to do and give young children 100 percent of your attention when they are near or around water.
When using inflatable or portable pools, remember to empty them immediately after use. Store them upside down and out of children's reach. These types of pools can pose a drowning risk.
Remove Water From Tubs and Buckets After Use
Once bath time is over, immediately drain the tub.
Empty all tubs, buckets, containers and wading pools immediately after use. Store them upside down and out of children's reach.
Close Lids and Doors
Keep toilet lids closed and use toilet seat locks to prevent drowning.
Keep doors to bathrooms and laundry rooms closed.
Parents have a million things to do, but learning CPR should be on the top of the list. It will give you tremendous peace of mind – and the more peace of mind you have as a parent, the better.
Summer Safety: Recognizing Signs Of Drowning
from WHNT News
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Flailing arms, screams for help, splashing and kicking – it is the Hollywood representation of a drowning swimmer, but that image is far from reality.
So what does drowning really look like?
Carole Forbes is Director of Aquatics at the Heart of the Valley YMCA, she described the signs like this:
A person's body will be straight up and down
Their head will be slightly out of the water, with their mouth or nose often dipping below the surface,
They will use their arms to push down, in an attempt to elevate their bodies above the water
They often will not make any noise, as their primary goal will be to get air into their lungs
Forbes describes drowning as an often quiet and quick process. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,drowning is the second most common cause of accidental death. In the United States, a quarter of all drownings occur with people nearby.
This is why Forbes tells parents and guardians to always keep their eyes on their child swimmers.
"I tell them not to be on the phone, not be distracted, not to be cooking looking through a window or talking to friends," said Forbes.
The best way to prevent drowning is to always be within arms reach, and aware, of the young swimmer. Invest is swim lessons, take CPR and first aid courses, and do not count on store-bought, flimsy water-wings or foam noodles to serve as proper safety devices. Forbes encourages swimmers to never swim alone.
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How Hygienic Is Your Swimming Pool
From Bold Sky
The summers are at its peak and we all love to hit the swimming pool at this time. However, several others are also hitting pool just like us. The club and public swimming pools are very crowded during the summer season. That why is becomes difficult to maintain the hygiene of swimming pools during the hot season. No matter how many times you clean the swimming pool, it is never perfectly hygienic. That is why, some signs can give you hints about the hygiene of the swimming pool you are using. Use the swimming pool only if it is clean. Or else, you might get infected by various diseases. Here are some things that determine the hygiene of swimming pools.
If you see any floating debris like dry leaves or plastic packets floating in the pool, then never use it. It means that the swimming pool is not cleaned regularly.
Check if there are filters installed under the water of the swimming pools. These filters constantly refresh the water. Placing your hands near the filters will let you know if they are working.
Too Much Chlorine
If the water is an azure or clear blue then the amount of chemicals in the pool are within limits. However, if the pool look dark blue then there is too much chlorine in the water. Chlorine is a chemical added to the swimming pool to keep it clean. But too much chlorine is bad for the skin and hair.
Shower Before The Plunge
Before you take a dip in the pool, always take a thorough shower to wash off the dirt and germs on your body. This is a small step that helps maintain the hygiene of the swimming pool.
Protect Hair And Eye
Always wear a swimming cap and goggles top protect your eyes and hair from the pollutants in the water. Wearing swimming caps reduces hairfall to a great extent and the goggles protect your eyes against harsh chemicals in the swimming pool.
Shower After Swim
After you get out of the pool, scrub your self with an antiseptic soap in the shower. This helps you wash away any germs that might stick to your body after the swim. These basic hygiene tips for swimming pools help you stay healthy in summer.
Prevent Summertime Drowning Dangers
Two children die everyday in the U.S. from drowning but, thankfully, there are ways parents and loved ones can protect children around water.
Temperatures are climbing around the country and many families are taking to the water for a little relief. But as you cool off it's important to take precautions to reduce the risk of drowning- whether you're at the pool, lake, or the ocean.
The top priority is making sure children are properly supervised by an alert adult.
Most drownings occur quickly and quietly with little or no yelling or splashing. The CDC suggests people learn CPR to help out in case of an emergency.
And although it may seem obvious, adults and children should know how to swim. But even if you're child is a strong swimmer, it's a good idea to use the buddy system. Experts recommend that weak swimmers use life jackets as well as all boaters - adults and children.
If you have a backyard pool, it's important to install fencing and locks, and consider a pool alarm or cover. If you have small children, remove toys after swimming to prevent them from jumping in to retrieve them when unsupervised.
Swimming is great exercise, and staying safe can make for a great day of fun in the sun.
Learning to swim: The younger the better
from Live5News, Charleston, SC
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Swimming is a life-saving skill says James Island swim team coach Eddie Mason, who teaches kids as young as five.
"It keeps them from being afraid of the water as they get older, and we find that the kids who started at five are usually faster and better swimmers by the time they reach ten, 11, and 12."
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, drowning is the leading cause of death among children between the ages of one and four.
Byron Rounds, the aquatics manager for the City of Charleston's recreation department say it's also the most preventable.
"A parent taking the time out to place their child in a "Learn-to-Swim" class is probably one of the greatest gifts they can give their children at a young age."
Swim instructors say a common misconception is that a child who is drowning will call out for help, but they say drowning is a tragedy that is quick and quiet.
"The water may be getting into their lungs, and they can't say anything," explains Rounds.
Some parents say children who are used to water will handle a scary situation better.
"If kids are confident in the water, and they can just breathe and calm down, and they know how to swim to the side or they know how to tread water and wait for someone to come and get them, they're in much better shape, and you don't have to worry so much," says Janet Maragioglio, whose children began swimming at a young age.
Registration for swim lessons at the City of Charleston's four pools is Saturday at 9 a.m. Parents can find details like cost and dates on the city's website at www.charleston-sc.gov/recreation.