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Will you know if your child is drowning? What drowning looks like...

by Traci Schumacher on Fri, 06/07/2013 - 10:03am

Today is the last day of the school year for my two older kids, as well as the rest of Chatham County public school students. Bring on the summer fun!

Whether it's the pool, the beach, or boating activities, there are countless fun ways to spend time around the water. So this is a perfect time to review or learn what drowning really looks like. It's not how they portray it on television.

A person thrashing about in distress needs help, but they are still able to assist in their own rescue. The person who is actually drowning is incapable of doing anything else.

Drowning is deceptively silent. When a person is actually drowning, they are physically unable to call out or reach out for help. They are vertical in the water with the head low and the mouth just at the surface. They may have a dazed look or eyes closed. You have about 30-60 seconds to get to them before they quietly slip below the surface of the water.

Of the children who drown each year, hundreds of them drown within close proximity to an adult or parent. That fact alone is enough to sends chills down the spines of every parent out there. So it is imperative to know what to look for. If you call out to them and they do not reply, go find out why.

Stay safe out there and have fun. Share this information and maybe save a life.

For a more detailed explanation of what drowning looks like, click here.

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