Non Absentee Dad

Summer Water Safety

In Protecting the Gift on June 29, 2010 at 1:08 am

Summer is upon us, beaches, pools and water play is the order of the day.  I want you all to be safe out there and so below are some quick tips on how to spot a drowning victim.

Drowning does not look like we are conditioned, through television, to believe.  In fact according to the CDC about 1/2 of children — 15 years and under — who drown do so within 25 yards of an adult and in about 10% of those cases the adult will watch them do it, having no idea that its happening.

Signs of Drowning

  • Head low in the water, mouth at water level
  • Head tilted back with mouth open
  • Eyes glassy and empty, unable to focus
  • Eyes closed
  • Hair over forehead or eyes
  • Not using legs – Vertical
  • Hyperventilating or gasping
  • Trying to swim in a particular direction but not making headway
  • Trying to roll over on the back
  • Ladder climb, rarely out of the water.

Something to bear in mind is that according to Francesco A. Pia, Ph.D,  Physiologically, drowning people who are struggling on the surface of the water cannot stop drowning and perform voluntary movements such as waving for help, moving toward a rescuer, or reaching out for a piece of rescue equipment.

Be safe this summer and may no tragedy befall you.

This post was excerpted from the excellent article by Mario Vittone.


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