As I mentioned in yesterdays post, Water Safety Tips For Parents, drowning isn’t the violent splashing and screaming that you see on TV or at the movies. It takes its victims silently and often without notice. That’s why, as a mom, I felt that this information was important and needed to have its own dedicated space. Drowning claims the lives of roughly 1.2 million people around the world each year, with more than half of them being children. In fact, by the time you get done reading this post at least two people will have died due to drowning.
The good new is that drowning is preventable!
Know The Signs Of Drowning
Bobbing Up And Down. A drowning person slips under water, then bobs back up just long enough to take a breath before slipping under water again.
Stiff Armed. There whole body will be stiff, but most likely all you will see is stiff arms that are streached out to the side with palms pressed flat against the water. This is instinctual, their body is trying to keep from drowning, and going ridged helps to make them a little more buoyant. A person in this position will not even be able to reach out for a life preserver.
Still. As I mentioned above, there will not be any splashing to signal their struggle. They simply do not have the strength to do so. This whole sequence of events lasts for less than 60 seconds before a drowning person slips underwater permanently.
You MUST stay alert, and know the signs. Most often people are not helped, or helped to late because drowning is mistaken for playing. So, if you see any of these signs check on someone don’t ignore the situation.
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Water Safety Tips For Parents
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