Common Causes of Drowning and Water Safety Tips
Unfortunately, every year there are thousands of tragic drowning deaths. Often these deaths could have been prevented. This article discusses what some of the common causes of drowning are and provides tips on how you keep your family safe.
What are the Common Causes of Drowning?
The single most common cause of drowning is the victim’s inability to swim. Getting properly trained at a young age can significantly decrease the likelihood of drowning. Other common causes of drowning include:
- Failing to properly safeguard unsupervised pools,
- Over-consumption of alcohol,
- Trip and falls near water, and
- Failure to respond appropriately when someone is drowning.
Be aware of your surroundings and recognize the dangers of water. There are important steps that you can take to keep yourself and your family safe when trying to enjoy pools or the beach.
What are Some Water Safety Tips to Keep my Family Safe?
Keeping yourself and your family safe around water should be the highest priority. Fortunately, there are many things that you can do stay safe.
- Learn to Swim. The ability to swim significantly reduces the chances of drowning. Children and adults should be properly trained before entering the water.
- Supervise When in or Around Water.Children should always have a designated adult watching their swimming activities. This means that there are enough adults present to watch all the children and that those adults remain focused on the task of supervision.
- Buddy System.The buddy system – where a pair is responsible for keeping track of each other – can help to significantly reduce the likelihood of drowning. However, the safety of children is everyone’s responsibility and children should not be allowed to monitor each other.
- Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR). Having proper training and certifications can mean the difference between life and death. CPR is used to help keep a drowning victim alive during the time it takes for medical professionals to arrive.
- Proper Safety Devices. Air-filled or foam toys are not meant to be safety devices. Certified and size appropriate safety devices should be readily available at all times while enjoying the water.
- Avoid Alcohol.Adults who are in or near water, or adults who are charged with supervising children, should limit their alcohol intake.
- Check Forecast. Lightning strikes or other severe weather can make swimming extremely dangerous. Always check the forecast before entering the water (this is especially true for boaters).
There are additional steps that can be taken for safety if you have a private swimming pool.
- Install Fencing or Pool Covers. Proper safeguards should be in place around home swimming pools to prevent unsupervised children from drowning.
- Keep Pool and Surrounding Area Clear. Debris – such as toys – are a tripping hazard and should be kept out of and away from pool areas.
Who is Responsible for Water Safety?
There are times when the safety of your family is left in the hands of other people.
- Swimming Lessons. Swimming instructors are generally responsible for supervising their students.
- Boat Captains. Because they are in a better position to recognize and appreciate the dangers associated with boating, boat captains and boating companies are responsible for the safety of their passengers.
- Private Pools. Home pools that attract the attention of neighborhood children should have barriers to entry.
Parents should make the supervision of their children’s water activities a priority. Always make sure your children are under the supervision of a responsible adult. Contact us immediately if you entrusted your family’s safety to someone else and they failed to act responsibly. Call Atlanta accidental drowning attorney James Ponton at 404-418-8507 today.