Summer is the time we look forward to all year round. Getting together with friends and family to enjoy the outdoor scenery and activities the season has to offer! Amongst the fun and laughter, it is always a good idea to freshen up on some of the CDC’s water safety information to apply preventative practice to ensure the safety of those around.
Drowning is a major public health issue that we can all take steps to prevent.
Children ages 1 to 4 die from drowning more often than any other cause of death besides birth defects. Drowning can happen in seconds and often lacks in noise being almost silent. There is no age limit or skill level that makes anyone exempt of drowning. It can happen to anyone, any time there is access to water.
"It's important that we keep our community informed, as well as understanding the dangers that present themselves and how to take to the most effective approaches to ensuring their individual safety as well as others around them," said Zach Woods, Director of Public Health.
Precautions to help prevent drowning
· Learn basic swimming and water safety skills - local swim lessons
· Wearing a life jacket
· CPR training
· Avoid alcohol usage when in or around water
· Use the buddy system
· Take additional precautions for medical - first aid kits
· Don’t hyperventilate or hold your breath for a long time
To read more in depth for the listed above subject matter please visit the CDC 24/7: Saving lives, Protecting People’s page here.
Knowing the risks of natural waters
When visiting the local parks, lakes, rivers, it is important to acknowledge that hidden hazards exist such as dangerous currents or waves, rocks or vegetation, and limited visibility. Check the forecast before activities in, on, or near water. Local weather conditions can change quickly and cause dangerous flash floods, strong winds, and thunderstorms with lightning strikes.
CDC. “Prevention.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 16 June 2021, https://www.cdc.gov/drowning/prevention/.