Safety: Drowning Doesn’t Look Like Drowning!

Drowning Doesn’t Look Like Drowning by Mario Vittone is a very important article for EVERY ONE.  Please read and pass this on summer after summer.   I have been re-posting this every summer since 2010.  It is THAT important!

Here is a snippet.  Please read the whole article at http://mariovittone.com/2010/05/154.

“The Instinctive Drowning Response – so named by Francesco A. Pia, Ph.D., is what people do to avoid actual or perceived suffocation in the water. And it does not look like most people expect. There is very little splashing, no waving, and no yelling or calls for help of any kind. To get an idea of just how quiet and undramatic from the surface drowning can be, consider this: It is the number two cause of accidental death in children, age 15 and under (just behind vehicle accidents) – of the approximately 750 children who will drown next year, about 375 of them will do so within 25 yards of a parent or other adult. In ten percent of those drownings, the adult will actually watch them do it, having no idea it is happening (source: CDC). Drowning does not look like drowning – Dr. Pia, in an article in the Coast Guard’s On Scene Magazine, described the instinctive drowning response like this:”

Please read the whole article at http://mariovittone.com/2010/05/154.

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Toddler Saves Herself From Drowning

This is a must watch, especially if you have a pool.   This video demonstrates how a child can save her self from drowning.    This okay to watch with your children.  The girl will be fine.

http://www.childdrowningprevention.com/index.html

The Child Drowning Prevention Mission is to be a pivotal component in the prevention of infant and child drownings and near-drownings; encompassing all aspects of prevention from supervision to pool barriers and, especially, survival instruction.

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There are less than 600 instructors qualified to teach survival techniques to infants and young children throughout the United States. And only a very small percentage are qualified to train others to become competent instructors!

If your interested in becoming an instructor, visit http://www.childdrowningprevention.com/index.html.

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Unintentional Drowning [May 2012] – http://www.cdc.gov/HomeandRecreationalSafety/Water-Safety/waterinjuries-factsheet.html – Every day, about ten people die from unintentional drowning.  Of these, two are children aged 14 or younger.  Drowning ranks fifth among the leading causes of unintentional injury death in the United States.   Among those 1-14, fatal drowning remains the second-leading cause of unintentional injury-related death behind motor vehicle crashes.

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