Friday, July 9, 2010

Safety first

Its the time of the year when we're all hitting the beaches and pools and I thought I'd share a link to this article called Drowning Doesn't Look Like Drowning. I found it absolutely terrifying but was glad I read it. Here's the main idea:

The Instinctive Drowning Response – so named by Francesco A. Pia, Ph.D.,
is what people do to avoid actual or perceived suffocation in the water. And
it does not look like most people expect. There is very little splashing,
no waving, and no yelling or calls for help of any kind. To get an idea of
just how quiet and undramatic from the surface drowning can be, consider
this: It is the number two cause of accidental death in children, age 15 and
under (just behind vehicle accidents) – of the approximately *750 children*
who will drown next year, about *375 of them* will do so within 25 yards of
a parent or other adult. *In ten percent of those drownings, the adult
will actually watch them do it, having no idea it is happening* (source:
Didn't mean to bum you out at the start of the weekend but forewarned is forearmed.