Drowning: A Silent Killer

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According to the American Red Cross:

About 3,500 Americans drown each year, averaging ten deaths per day. More than one in five fatal drowning victims are children 14 and younger. A Red Cross survey from 2009 revealed that almost half of those polled nearly drowned in their lifetime. One in four people know someone who has drowned.

Those are some sobering statistics about an activity so closely associated with family fun.  How could ten people die every day by drowning?  Anita Foster at the American Red Cross Dallas says one reason is many of us have the wrong idea about what to expect when drowning is occurring:

Very fast.  Very silent.  Please don’t forget that the next time you and your family are out enjoying the water.  Drowning is sinking in silence, and not coming up.  Keep watch.  Be vigilant.  Put the tips Foster offers in this interview into action at your house and in your life.

Swim safely!

-Bonnie

More info on swimming safely from the Centers for Disease Control here.

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