Swimming is one of the top summer activities for anyone looking to stay cool. However, it can be dangerous if people are not careful. These risks become larger and the stakes get higher when children get involved. According to the CDC nearly 10 people die by drowning every day.
In a survey conducted on behalf of the American Red Cross, 86 percent of respondents said they knew how to swim. Yet, the Red Cross found that only about half (56 percent) of Americans can perform basic core swimming skills necessary for “water competency.”
Before someone can be considered competent swimmers they need to be able to perform these tasks.
● Swimmers need to be able to tread water or float for five minutes
● Swim 25 yards without help
● Understand when they should get out of water
Drowning is the 5th leading cause of unintentional injury or death in the Us. The risks are even higher for children aged 1-4, it remains one of the leading causes of death for children.
For adults charged with watching the children it is important to know the signs of drowning or distress.
Could You Recognize Someone Who’s Drowning?
The first step to pool and water safety is learning to swim. Swimming lessons should be a high priority for parents but keeping kids out of the water is even more important. Creating a barrier such as a pool fence or pool cover will keep kids out of harm’s way.
However, knowing if someone’s in trouble in the water is also important. With young children, it is recommended that parents always stay within arm’s length of the child. This is because drowning occurs quickly and silently.
A drowning person usually will not flail their arms or shout for help, they would not be able to as they are struggling to breathe and keep their head above water.
If a person is drowning they will instinctively extend their arms out and press down against the water in an attempt to keep their head above water. Children may do something similar to dog-paddling when they are actually struggling to stay afloat.
Other signs include not moving their legs and attempting to stay upright in the water. They will struggle to keep their head above water and may jump off the bottom of the pool and immediately fall back down.
It is important to know the signs of drowning and to keep an eye out for them while watching the pool. Children and parents should have fun around water, but only when they are being monitored properly.
Contributed by: All-Safe Pool Fence & Covers
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