Avoid drowning this Memorial Day with these tips

Winston-Salem.- Thousands of families celebrate the Memorial Day holiday at the beach, lake or swimming in the pool, which can pose risks.

To avoid any drowning during this long weekend that extends until Monday, May 27, the authorities ask that certain precautions be taken.

Specifically, you have to be very careful in the water.

Drowning is the leading cause of death among children ages 1 to 4 and the second cause of serious injuries in children ages 5 to 14, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Due to the record of drownings even outside the pool season during the summer, the authorities reminded them to take preventive measures.

In addition to the holiday, the Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) highlighted that May is National Water Safety Month.

Prevention efforts are also part of Safe and Healthy Swimming Week, commemorated by the CDC from May 20 to 26, 2024.

Pool safety

DHHS invites the population to take into account the following tips during the pool season for greater safety in the pools:

  • Permanent supervision. Especially with children near water; Death by drowning can be silent and quick.
  • Safe space. Verify that the doors or access to the pools are always closed when not in use.
  • No diseases. If a person presents symptoms of discomfort such as diarrhea, they should avoid entering the water.
  • Safe water. Verify that pool water is treated with the appropriate chemicals to prevent the spread of diseases.
  • Identify resources for emergencies. In public pools, security personnel must be placed as lifeguards.
  • Protection. The use of floats and other inflatables does not guarantee that a minor will drown, which is why the use of a life jacket is recommended.

If you have a pool at home, it is recommended that at least one member of the household be trained to practice cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

Rivers and lakes

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According to the CDC, about 40% of drowning deaths among children ages 5 to 14 occur in natural waters, such as lakes and rivers.

Additionally, during recreational activities in rivers and lakes, regular alcohol consumption may be a factor that increases the risk of drowning.

Therefore, the authorities suggest taking into account the following recommendations for activities in natural waters:

  • No vest, no. Authorities and rescue services recommend the use of a life jacket during activities in rivers and lakes. The vest should fit sufficiently, so it is recommended to wear the vest according to the person’s size.
  • Avoid storms. Constantly checking the weather forecast for the day of water activities can prevent a storm from surprising your river or lake trip.
  • No alcohol. Alcohol consumption can cause people to drown while swimming or even on board a boat or boat.

In case of emergency, you must call 911, so you must have a cell phone with sufficient battery.

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