6 Important Ways to Prevent Adult Drowning

Beer bottle along the edge of a pool

Everyone thinks of drowning as something that happens to children. I know in my family, my brother’s death from drowning had a significant impact on my family.  But it is not just children that drown, a significant number of adults drown each year.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) , 37 percent of American adults can’t swim the length of a pool, which puts them at risk of being one of the 10 people who drown every day in the United States. See some tips on ways to prevent adult drowning:

  1. Use the buddy system
  2. Learn to swim – there are many adult swim classes available at local recreation  centers
  3. Learn CPR
  4. Air-filled or foam toys are not safety devices
  5. Avoid alcohol
  6. Know the local weather conditions and forecast before swimming

If you have a swimming pool at home:

  1. Install four-sided fencing
  2. Clear the pool and deck of toys

If you are in and around natural water settings;

  1. Know the meaning of and obey warnings represented by colored beach flags
  2. Watch for dangerous waves and signs of rip currents
  3. If you are caught in a rip current, swim parallel to shore

Whether it is taking a swim class or asking a friend or family member for help it is important to take the safety precautions when around water no matter what. Swimming is fun, especially in this hot Arizona weather – so dust off that paddle board and those flotation devices and practice safe swim rules before diving in the water.

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