Preventing Accidental Drownings

Preventing Accidental Drownings
July 23, 2019 Gabby Mendoza

Accidental drowning affects children, teens and young adults.

With temperatures rising this summer, we know a great way to cool off is by going for a swim. Practicing pool safety can help prevent accidental drownings in children and young adults.

According to the National Safety Council, 74% of drownings took place in residential locations for children younger than 15. Of the 3,709 drownings that happened in 2017, more than 12% were children younger than 4 years old.

Most drownings occur from an accidental fall into a pool. Not only do outdoor pools pose a threat for children, so do buckets, bathtubs, toilets, and inflatable kiddie pools.

The following are preventative measures you can take:

  • Always keep an eye on your child and never leave them unattended
  • Do not become distracted if taking care of a child who is in any body of water
  • Swim in supervised areas
  • Wear a life jacket if you do not know how to swim
  • Do not drink alcohol while swimming or operating jet skis/boats/etc.
  • Be aware of the current if swimming in the ocean/lake/river
  • Get trained for CPR and First Aid to be prepared in case an emergency arises

If you witness an accidental drowning:

  1. Make sure the scene is safe enough for you to help remove the person from the water
  2. If they are not breathing and unresponsive, call 911 immediately and yell for help
  3. Start CPR
  4. It is important to remain calm under stressful situations

We want you to have a summer filled with great memories always keeping in mind that safety is the most important.

For more information regarding accidental drownings visit: https://www.nsc.org/home-safety/tools-resources/seasonal-safety/drowning

To find free swimming lessons at your local pool visit: https://www.laparks.org/aquatic/learn

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