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Drowning Prevention


Most Drowning Deaths in Washington Occur in Rivers and Streams |

Aug 01, 2013

The Washington State Department of Health reported that recent analysis of drowning deaths in the state show that nearly half of the 100 annual average for drowning deaths occur in rivers and streams.

Snowmelt from mountains can cause unexpectedly chilly water temperatures, even at the height of summer. According to the DOH, "cold water can affect even strong swimmers' muscles and nervous system within 10 minutes, overriding strength and endurance."

July 28-August 3 is Pool Safely Week

Jul 25, 2013

Summer is here which means that children and families around the country are enjoying time at pools and water parks to cool off and have fun.

The Pool Safely: Simple Steps Save Lives campaign hosts a series of events and outreach activities across the country, including Pool Safely Week – an annual celebration of water safety designed to encourage all Americans to pool safely every day.

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Take Safety Measures Before Letting Kids in the Pool |

Jun 27, 2013

Pools can provide lots of fun and exercise for children, but a fun day can turn dangerous if proper safety precautions aren't followed, an expert warns.

Never leave children alone in or near a pool and be sure that they are always supervised by an adult who can swim, said Dr. Natalie Lane, medical director of the emergency department at Children's Hospital of Georgia.

Injuries From Ocean Waves More Common Than Thought | WebMD

Jun 27, 2013

 A study out of Delaware suggests that injuries to beachgoers caused by ocean waves are more common and severe than previously suspected, and people need to be aware of the ocean's power -- even in shallow water.

To keep safe, it's important to swim at beaches with lifeguards, ask them about surf conditions and never turn your back to the waves, one study author suggested.

[Video: 3 min] Would You Be Able To Spot Someone Drowning? | Today

Jun 13, 2013

Drowning remains the second-leading cause of accidental death for children, and very often adults don’t even notice kids who are drowning in the same pool. NBC’s Tom Costello explains what you should be on the alert for in the water this summer.

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Drowning Doesn’t Look Like Drowning | Slate

Jun 13, 2013

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 No.

How to Prevent Your Child from Drowning | AAP News

Jun 13, 2013

More than 1,000 children die each year from drowning, according to a new study in the journal Pediatrics. If a child survives, he likely will have brain damage and long-term disability such as learning problems or not being able to care for himself.

Warm Weather and Cold Water is a Dangerous Mix for Early Season Boaters

May 02, 2013

The first spell of warm weather after a long winter brings intrepid boaters back out onto the frigid waters. Those adventurous souls sometimes pay for their enthusiasm with their lives. The off-season months are very dangerous for boaters because of the increased speed at which muscle fatigue sets in when mishaps occur. Nationally, four times as many boating accidents result in a fatality when the water temperature is 39 F or colder.

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Swimming Injuries In Children: Emergency Room Visits Have Increased (STUDY) | Huffington Post

Apr 04, 2013

More kids are going to the emergency room for swimming injuries than 20 years ago, a new study finds.

Researchers discovered that an estimated 1.6 million swimming injuries occurred in the United States between 1990 and 2008. The number of injuries in a year increased from nearly 80,000 in 1990 to 93,000 in 2008.

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Water Safety Expert: 'Drowning Doesn't Just Happen' | CNN

Mar 21, 2013

As adults we're told time and again to keep a close eye on young children around water. Most kids who drown are under the age of 4 -- toddlers who accidentally fall into water too deep.

They can drown in minutes in less than 2 inches of water.

But the recent death of a 13-year-old at a pool in Florida has experts concerned about water safety for pre-teens and adolescents.

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