Due to a wonderful reader asking a few great questions, we will be discussing water safety for another entry. The reader/ readers left three questions in our ask box over the last few days that we feel deserve some attention.
The first wasn’t so much a question, but a great piece of advice. A reader wrote in that there are some technological equipment that can be installed in public and private pools that can help detect drowning victims. There sensors are placed along the walls of the pool and shoot harmless lasers in a grid like pattern across the pool. It monitors is anyone is near the bottom of the pool and begins a timer. If that person is underwater and not moving in the way the program views a swimmer an alarm will sound and alert an adult, lifeguard, or any passerby that someone is at the bottom of that pool and could potentially be drowning.
This is a great piece of equipment that we completely endorse as a helpful tool for public pools in your town. This does not replace watchful eyes and lifeguards, but does eliminate some risk of human error. Ask your town, gym, or any public pool source if they have this equipment or has heard of it. It could save a life.
Another question came in about three hours later from a concerned adult. “Each summer I take my family up to a lake to swim. My kids all know how to swim, but I don’t. What use is it for me to be there if I can’t swim?” My first piece of advice would be to learn. If you have children and actively bring them to places they can swim you as a responsible adult should be able to act should anything happen. Lakes are known for taking swimmers of any age because of the plant life or potential boating equipment left behind. You should also make sure there is a lifeguard at the very least. Having a cell phone is a must as well as if someone has nearly drowned or is unresponsive the proper help needs to be informed as soon as humanly possible. If you refuse to learn how to swim limit your children to a distance in which you can keep your head above water. So if you’re 5 foot 5, say they can’t go deeper than five feet. This way you can get to them without needing to swim, or bring someone who is a swimmer along. Remember that you’re an adult and are capable of rational thinking, use your wits and help in case disaster happens.
The last question came shortly after the second. The person said the following “I’m not worried about the pool I go to. No one has ever drowned there. I can relax, and my kids are safe.” This is a terrible misconception. Just because no one has does not mean no one will. You’re not any more likely to drown in a pool where someone has drowned previously unless lets say it’s a lake and there’s heavy kelp. But pools? No difference in risk. You still have to watch your children and be alert, because it’s when you feel like nothing can happen that you miss that small window to save someone’s life. It is this mentality that has sadly lead to the death or disabling of many children. Always be alert, always know where your children are in the water, and teach proper water safety.
The water is a fun, welcomed sight for any child in summer. We all love the water, and we enjoy swimming. This activity should not be one to take a child or adult from the world. Just take precautions and learn about the dangers. Attend a red cross CPR training class, and know how to handle a drowning victim. Remember, you’re not a doctor and neither are we. If someone has been underwater for more than two minutes or breathed in large amounts of water seek medical attention. There could be head injuries, neck injuries, or brain trauma that will only get worse without proper treatment.
If you have any questions, comment, ideas, or advice you would like to add to our water safety awareness blogs please leave us a message in our ask box, on our twitter, or even our Facebook. We will be happy to get back to you.