National Drowning Prevention Month

Guardian Fence Supports May As Drowning Prevention Month

Since May is the terrific time of year when warm weather begins throughout the United States, it is fittingly designated as National Drowning Prevention Month. The reason for this is of course due to the large amount of drownings that still occur each year.

Whether swimming in a pool, lake, or any other body of water, accidents unfortunately continue to happen. The sad thing is that often times, many of these mishaps could have been prevented if only people were better prepared for getting into the water. Therefore, if entering the water, a person should really know how to swim first or at least have sufficient supervision at all times. Which is the main message that this caring cause is conveying.

The staggering statistics related to this issue are alarming, as drowning is the 2nd leading cause of fatalities for children between the ages of 1 and 4 in the U.S. In fact, the majority of the time, it happens in backyard pools or spas and often as a result of improper attention being paid to the child, both before and after the event. Hence, if a child that can’t swim is simply near water, even without intending to get in, it’s mandatory that they be monitored. Additionally, learning resuscitation methods can be the difference between life and death.

Considering that us humans were not actually born with the automatic ability to swim, it is very important that we learn how to at some point in life, although hopefully sooner than later. This can be accomplished through adequate lessons, which can either be taught by a professional instructor or by someone you know who has ample knowledge and swimming skills.

The age at which one should become well acquainted with the water will usually vary depending upon their readiness to try it and willingness to really succeed at it. Some start at 2, some at 10, and there are even those that wait until well into adulthood before utilizing their amphibious attributes. Though the earlier someone learns, the more recreational fun they’ll be able to have.

So, we know that water activities can be an ideal diversion, yet they can also be dangerous if you don’t know what you’re doing. If you already know how to swim, then that’s great. However, if you don’t, then what a better time than this year to become an aquatically efficient person!