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Posted on: May 3, 2021

[ARCHIVED] May is Water Safety Month - Week 1

Water Safety Month Hand reaching for life preserver

DROWNING IS SILENT. 

Movies such as Baywatch, Jaws, and The Sandlot show people drowning, making big splashes, screaming out for help, and making a giant scene. This is all for Hollywood effect and could not be farther from the truth. In reality, many parents will not recognize that a child is drowning until it is too late. Drowning begins when water gets into the lungs. When this happens, a person who is drowning will go through laryngospasm, which are spasms that make it hard to breath. As oxygen levels are reduced, laryngospasm subsides and victims will start to gasp, causing more water enter the lungs. Due to inadequate oxygen, victims may experience cardiac arrest or permanent brain damage - all in as little as three minutes. 

Often, parents are not watching their kids because they are reading a book, looking at their phones, or not even in the same area as the kids. No matter what, when around a pool, keep your eyes on your kids, or be within an arm’s reach of your child. Remember, drowning is silent so if you are distracted, you will not notice if something is wrong.

To learn more about silent drowning, view the investigation by FOX 9 Minneapolis-St. Paul at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WxEdlDgsLYM.


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