The statistics show that drowning is the 3rd leading cause of accidental death in the United States. Drowning is the 2nd cause of accidental death for children 5 to 12 and persons up to 44. Talk about injury death in infants, drowning is the leading cause of accidental death. Apart from death, water-related injuries can be severe and can cause lifelong disabilities that never fully recover. Surprisingly, the ratio of male victims of drowning is very high as compare to the female drowning victims.
Learn how to swim
According to USLA, learning to swim is the best defense against getting drowned. It is best to learn to swim is to learn it at an early age. Since learning to swim is a useful lifesaving skill, you should teach your children to learn swimming at an early age. The best way to learn to swim is to enroll in local swimming classes where your children will also learn about water safety.
Do not swim alone
Most drowning happens when there is a lone swimmer. When you swim with a companion, the risk of getting injured or drowning is greatly reduced. In case one person gets injured due to any reason, the other can help to save the life of the injured person by providing first aid. The other can also send single for assistance and rescue.
Swim where there are lifeguards
According to USLA, swimming where there are no lifeguards increases the risk of drowning 5 times. When swimming, always stay at a close reachable distance from lifeguards. The lifeguards continually monitoring people swimming in front of them for any potential risk of injury. The lifeguards work continually to assess potential hazards that might harm you. It is always better to listen to the lifeguards when they advise you the safest place to swim and avoid risky places. Since they want you to have a safe day at the beach, it is better to get some advice from them before entering the water.
Stay hydrated and Sun Protected
We all need some sun exposure. Sun exposure makes Vitamin D in our body which is very important for our healthier bones. But too much sun can not only dehydrate you quickly, it can also permanently burn your skin, which can lead to complications such as skin cancer. Clothing that covers our skin, sunglasses, and hat are some accessories that can protect us from too much sun exposure. Use an ounce or two of good broad-spectrum sunscreens, depending on the exposed area 30 minutes before going out and reapply it throughout the day to be protected from harmful sun exposure. Drink a lot of water to stay hydrated. Avoid using alcohol at the beach because alcohol contributes to dehydration.
Learn about Rip Current and its Safety
Rip currents are narrow rivers flowing offshore. According to data, around 80% of beach rescues involve rip currents. If you ever get into a rip current, don’t try to swim directly towards the beach. Instead, swim parallel to the beach until you feel that the current is relaxed. Then swim directly towards the beach. Remember that most rip currents are narrow and short.
A Rule of Thumb: Feet First
Always check the depth of the water before jumping into the unknown waters. And when you get into the unknown waters, enter the water feet first. Many of the serious and lifelong water-related injuries are caused by entering the water head-first. Serious head and neck injuries result when a person’s head strikes the bottom of the water unanticipatedly.
Life Jackets are Life Saving
According to the data, around 80% of deaths while boating caused due to drowning. The ratio of the male victims is five times of the female victims. Most deaths happened when the victim was never supposed to enter the water in the first place. It is essential to wear a lifejacket all the time when you are aboard a boat. Children aboard a boat should be wearing a lifejacket all the time.