Welfare Watch June 30, 2016
Fourth of July celebrations are a few days away. Many celebrations include water activities--swimming at the pool, boating at the lake, chasing waves at the beach. Drowning of young children occurs every day--it can happen in as little as 20-60 seconds. A good precaution is to put down the cell phone and electronic devices when watching children near water. In preparation for the holiday weekend, some self-testing will sharpen your ability to keep those around you safe.
The risk of drowning increases with holiday activities and crowds. See if you can spot in the linked video the child who is in trouble at in a crowded pool.
In previous video, the child signaled distress with his arms. It is important to note, this is not likely to be the case when someone is drowning.
The following are 8 Quiet Signs of Someone Drowning:
1. They can’t call for help
2. They can’t wave for help either.
3. They remain upright in the water, with no evidence of kicking.
4. Their eyes are glassy, unable to focus, or closed.
5. Their face may be hard to see; hair may be over forehead or eyes.
6. Their Head is low in the water, with mouth at water level; head may be tilted back with mouth open. A child’s head may fall forward.
7. They are quiet. Children playing in the water make noise. When they get quiet, you need to get to them and find out why.
8. They don’t seem in distress.
Linked is a video, which demonstrates signs that indicate when someone is drowning.
Additional links are helpful to share. These were forwarded from the Department of Human Services to child welfare providers who care for children.
Summer Safety Tips: Sun and Water Safety
With a few precautions and extra attention to surroundings, your holiday activities should be safe, relaxing and above all fun.
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