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Drowning in the Remaining Summer Months

Posted on: August 6th, 2013 by BrevardBlogger No Comments

Remember to wear a life jacket if you’ll be out on the water.

Everybody loves spending time in the water or out in a boat on a lake. These are great American summer pastimes. Did you know about ten people die from unintentional drowning situation every day? Of the ten people, two are children 14 years or younger. Brevard Medical Equipment wants to keep you and your family safe this summer and to understand what some drowning risks are, to help you prevent a drowning incident this summer.

According the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the main risk factors of drowning are:

  • Lack of swimming ability – a number of children and adults cannot swim well enough to save themselves. Don’t be ashamed if you have to take swimming lessons.  Lessons for adults or children will greatly reduce your drowning risks.
  • Lack of barriers – A fence or barrier should be put up around your backyard pool.  Having a fence up reduces a child’s risk of drowning 83 percent!
  • Lack of supervision – Make sure to keep an eye on your children as well as other adults.  Even if there is a lifeguard on duty, still keep a strong lookout.
  • Location – Young children aged one to four are most likely to die in family pools.  As we get older, we’re more likely to drown in natural waters like ponds, rivers, lakes and oceans.  These bodies of water account for more than half of all drowning accidents.
  • Seizure disorders – There are many reasons and causes for seizures.  Seizures cause the sufferers to drown because of unintentional injury.  The major risk is not in a pool, river or ocean; amazingly it’s with the bathtub.

If you or someone you know is living with a fear of drowning, stop by Brevard Medical Equipment today.  We offer a wide selection of walkers, wheelchairs and canes. We also custom fit the product to you for the best fit.