Saturday, May 26, 2007

Please have a safe summer

With school letting out and hot weather coming (or in some cases it's already here!!) I want to take this time to share some statistics with you. I'm not trying to depress or scare anyone, just to raise awareness.

~ In 2000, there were 3,482 unintentional drownings in the United States, an average of nine people per day.(U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

~ It is estimated that for each drowning death, there are 1 to 4 nonfatal submersions serious enough to result in hospitalization. Children who still require cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) at the time they arrive at the emergency department have a poor prognosis, with at least half of survivors suffering significant neurologic impairment. (American Academy of Pediatrics)

~ Drowning is the second-leading cause of injury-related death among children under the age of 15. (U.S.Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

~ 19% of drowning deaths involving children occur in public pools with certified lifeguards present.(Drowning Prevention Foundation)

~ A swimming pool is 14 times more likely than a motor vehicle to be involved in the death of a child age 4 and under. (Orange County California Fire Authority)

~ Children under five and adolescents between the ages of 15-24 have the highest drowning rates. (U.S.Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

~ An estimated 5,000 children ages 14 and under are hospitalized due to unintentional drowning-related incidents each year; 15 percent die in the hospital and as many as 20 percent suffer severe, permanent neurological disability. (National Safety Council)

~ Of all preschoolers who drown, 70 percent are in the care of one or both parents at the time of the drowning and 75 percent are missing from sight for five minutes or less. (Orange County, CA, Fire Authority)

~ The majority of children who survive (92 percent) are discovered within two minutes following submersion,and most children who die (86 percent) are found after10 minutes. Nearly all who require cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) die or are left with severe braininjury. (National Safe Kids Campaign)

I have signed Taj up for swimming lessons and recently purchased a video thru a friend that demonstrates how to teach young children to swim. I want to do all I can to prevent a tragic accident. We all have different people that read our blogs. Let's get the word out and keep our babies safe.


Katie said...

Good info, Tori. I am totally neurotic around the water. My dad drowned when I was young, and so I'm very aware of the dangers. I think that while swimming lessons are great, too often parents just assume that since their child has had lessons that he is invincible to drowning. Don't get me wrong, my kids take swimming lessons too, but I still think that having my child in the pool one hour every day for two weeks doesn't lesson the need for me to be viligant in watching him near the water.

No Cool Story said...

I just don't know what elso to say, other than thanks for passing that info along and the link to Izzy's mom. We all need to be aware of that.

elasticwaistbandlady said...

I got a birthday package from Izzy's mom! Yeah, we've had a few close calls with the neighborhood pool with a few of our fearless little mini-Infidels. It happens so freakin FAST.

By the way, Jack Johnson is so 30-ish Mormon woman demographic. You do know that you're playing right into statistical hands, right? I never thought I'd ask to bring back The Gwen.

Toni said...

Thanks for the reminders!

Amanda said...

Sobering statistics. Thanks for the reminder. All it takes is a second for tragedy to happen. Izzy's story is so sad!

Tori :) said...

Katie- I totally agree! I'm putting Taj in lessons to help him get over his fear. But I know it will take a lot more time and practice for him to actually be able to swim. Tristan, Alec and Isabel are awesome swimmers, but K and K have had lessons but because they don't get to practice as often they are not strong swimmers. I plan on lots of practice this summer. I am so sorry about your dad. :(

NCS- Pass along the info, ok??

EWBL- I let Isabel choose the song today!!

Toni and Amanda- Pass it on...thanks. :)

annie said...

Thank you Tori for helping to spread the word to save children's lives. Drownings and near drownings happen way too much, I believe because people are not aware of how suddenly it can happen!

Annie & Izzy too!

Annie said...

Good PSA, Tori.

Robin said...

Looking at houses I couldn't believe how many people have pools that arent' fenced! Scary.