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06/05/09   |   By

Adult Survey on Drowning | DC Metro Area Personal Injury Law Blog

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By Victor E. Long, Esq.

Approximately half of adults surveyed on water safety say they’ve had an experience where they nearly drowned, and one in four knew someone who drowned, according to the American Red Cross. “With so many families planning to visit unsupervised beaches and pools, it’s important for parents to make water safety a priority,” says Scott Conner, Senior Vice President for Preparedness and Health and Safety Services. “Learn how to swim and take water safety, first aid and CPR/AED training so you’ll know what to do in an emergency.” Water safety tips for children has been blogged on this cite.

In addition to swimming with a buddy in a supervised area, the Red Cross recommends the following simple safety tips:

  • Check the water first, if someone is missing.
  • If someone is in the water and needs help, reach or throw something out to them – don’t go in unless you are trained.
  • Know how and when to call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number.
  • Enroll in Red Cross water safety, first aid and CPR courses to learn what to do.
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