Drowning Prevention

By June 24, 2021Blog, News, Resources

PREVENT DROWNINGS AND POOL ACCIDENTS THIS SUMMER

69% of young children who drowned were not expected to be in or near water! These could be swimming pools, lakes, rivers, or even bathtubs!

Anoxic brain injury is not usually caused by a blow to the head. Instead, anoxic brain injury occurs when the brain is deprived of oxygen, such as drowning.

Top Things to Know

  1. Secure your pool with appropriate barriers.
  2. Designate a water watcher and stay within arm’s reach of young children.
  3. Install anti-entrapment drain covers and safety release systems to protect against drain entrapment.
  4. If a child is missing, check the water first.
  5. Install a secondary barrier, such as door alarms and locks that are out of the reach of a child on all doors and windows with direct access to the pool or spa area, and lockable covers.

Establish and Enforce Rules and Safe Behaviors

  1. Do not enter head first unless in a pool that has a safe diving area.
  2. Stay away from drains and other openings that cause suctio
  3. Swim with a buddy.
  4. Only swim when supervised by a water watcher.
  5. Swim sober.
  6. Supervise others sober and without distractions, such as reading or talking on or using a cell phone, as an accident can happen in seconds.

Take These Water Safety Steps

  1. Employ layers of protection including barriers to prevent access to water, life jackets, and close supervision of children to prevent drowning.
  2. Ensure every member of your family learns to swim so they at least achieve skills of water competency: able to enter the water, get a breath, stay afloat, change position, swim a distance, then get out of the water safely.
  3. Know what to do in a water emergency – including how to help someone in trouble in the water safely, call for emergency help and CPR.

More information at:

https://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/water-safety/home-pool-safety.html25

https://articles.bluehaven.com/safety-rules-for-your-backyard

https://www.spinalcord.com/anoxic-brain-injury

~Karl K & the Social Media Group

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