Friday, August 13, 2010

Drownings are hard to hear about...

This makes me so sad. I feel there should be some sort of drastic seriousness about water...maybe I'm missing something. I know there are warning signs about not swimming in dangerous places. I know there are tons of programs across the country getting people of all ages to swim. BUT surely this is not enough. There are lots of drownings.

I don't know how often parents are held responsible if their child drowns ... but the link above just really pisses me off. The first kid is in need of help then his friends start trying to help, then the parents make it to the shore and just watch the drownings because they don't know how to swim?!?! This is wrong on so many levels!! Why are parents taking kids places they cannot help their kids? If you can't swim, if your kids can't swim ... you can't go to water sources like deep pools, moving rivers or oceans. Even lakes can be highly dangerous. Any amount of water can be dangerous if you don't know what do to do in it!

Come on folks, water is awesomely refreshing and we all enjoy a dip when it's super hot out....BUT you gotta learn how to swim! Thinking you can just go in a few feet is so unacceptable. You can trip, fall, many things that could put you in a position that you cannot get up and help yourself out of the water.

Here are several scary statistics regarding drownings from this website:

  • In 2004, there were 3,308 unintentional drownings in the United States, an average of nine people per day.(CDC 2006)
    U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • In 2004, of all children 1-4 years old who died, 26% died from drowning (CDC 2006). Fatal drowning remains the second-leading cause of unintentional injury-related death for children ages 1 to 14 years (CDC 2005)

    U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

  • It is estimated that for each drowning death, there are 1 to 4 nonfatal submersions serious enough to result in hospitalization. Children who still require cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) at the time they arrive at the emergency department have a poor prognosis, with at least half of survivors suffering significant neurologic impairment.

    American Academy of Pediatrics

  • 19% of drowning deaths involving children occur in public pools with certified lifeguards present.
    Drowning Prevention Foundation

  • A swimming pool is 14 times more likely than a motor vehicle to be involved in the death of a child age 4 and under.
    Orange County California Fire Authority

  • Children under five and adolescents between the ages of 15-24 have the highest drowning rates.
    U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

  • An estimated 5,000 children ages 14 and under are hospitalized due to unintentional drowning-related incidents each year; 15 percent die in the hospital and as many as 20 percent suffer severe, permanent neurological disability.

    National Safety Council

  • Of all preschoolers who drown, 70 percent are in the care of one or both parents at the time of the drowning and 75 percent are missing from sight for five minutes or less.

    Orange County, CA, Fire Authority

  • The majority of children who survive (92 percent) are discovered within two minutes following submersion, and most children who die (86 percent) are found after 10 minutes. Nearly all who require cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) die or are left with severe brain injury.

    National Safe Kids Campaign



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