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Dry Drowning Kills Houston Boy Days After Swimming

Doctors determined “dry drowning” was the cause of death for a 4-year-old Houston, Texas, boy, June 3 – days after he had last gone swimming. Parents Francisco Delgado Jr. and Tara Delgado told ABC 13 that they took their son Frankie swimming at the Texas City Dike near Houston on Memorial Day weekend. The boy, who the Delgados affectionately called “Baby Frankie,” seemed fine in subsequent days, but little did anyone in the family realize that his lungs were filling with fluid. On the morning of Saturday, June 3, Frankie complained of his shoulders hurting. Hours later, he sat up ... Read More

National Water Safety Month – learn the importance of teaching children how to swim

Warm weather is here and it won’t be much longer before we’re back in the heat of summer. That’s why May is National Water Safety Month – an entire month dedicated to informing the public about how to enjoy all forms of aquatic activities, from home pools and spas, to water parks and water recreation facilities, safely. Coordinated by the Association of Pool & Space Professionals, National Water Safety Month empathizes the importance of being aware of how quickly a drowning incident can occur. Each year, approximately 3,500 people die from drowning; 25 percent of these incidents involve children younger than the ... Read More

Electric Shock Death (ESD): what you need to know to stay safe from electric leaks on the water

Carmen Johnson, a 15-year-old high school cheerleader from Alabama, mysteriously drowned last month after jumping into Smith Lake. However, local authorities believe they may have found the culprit behind Johnson’s passing – electric shock death (ESD). ESD occurs when electricity “leaks” in to the water, usually from electrical appliances and devices on nearby boats and docks. Electric currents cannot travel underwater, which is why when a human body enters an electrified body of water, the current can pass through the body and cause muscular paralysis, drowning and, in some cases, death. Unfortunately, electrified water displays no sign of unsafe conditions. ... Read More

Children drowning deaths peak during July 4 week, CPSC warns

All children should learn how to swim. That was one of the messages conveyed by a public advisory the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued before the Fourth of July holiday week, when the number of summer drowning injuries and deaths peaks. According to CPSC officials, 26 children on average lose their life in pool and spa-related accidents each year in the United States during the week of July 4, when thousands of gatherings take place around private and public swimming pools. The CPSC relied on data compiled by USA Swimming, the National Governing Body for the sport of ... Read More

Drowning is subtle and unrecognizable to most, unlike movie depictions

“Drowning is not the violent, splashing call for help that most people that most people expect,” says former Coast Guard rescue swimmer Mario Vittone in a story published by Slate. “There is very little splashing, no waving, and no yelling or calls for help of any kind.” In fact, Mr. Vittone’s report explains, children sometimes drown right before their parents’ eyes simply because drowning in real life doesn’t resemble the frantic, flailing act people have come to expect from watching dramatized versions on television and in movies. Drowning is actually very undramatic, “deceptively quiet,” and subtle, and it’s usually only ... Read More

Play it safe this Memorial Day holiday!

With Memorial Day weekend upon us, safety should be a priority for adults and children alike. The American Red Cross, the nation’s premier emergency response organization, has released a number of tips for those of us traveling, swimming and grilling out on this summer holiday. If you are traveling, refrain from using electronic devices such as radios and cell phones while operating a vehicle. Be sure to make frequent stops if you are traveling far to avoid becoming drowsy while driving. Also, use caution when driving through work zones – it’s not a holiday for everyone, so keep an eye ... Read More

As temperatures rise, so do pool safety concerns

Swimming pools and spas are ideal for both soaking up the sun and cooling down on hot summer days, and with summer just around the corner, the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission is urging parents and chaperones of young children to keep safety in the front of their minds when heading to the local pool. The reminder is more important now than ever before because this year has already been a deadly one for children in swimming pools, and the summer season hasn’t even started in most of the country. The CPSC says that there have been 75 drownings and ... Read More

Swimmers can suffer shoulder injury from repetitive overhead movements

Swimming is often touted as the perfect exercise, working several muscles throughout the body with such low impact that it makes injuries less likely than in other sports. But a recent study in the British Journal of Sports Medicine reported that 71 out of 80 elite male swimmers experienced shoulder pain. The pain from this “swimmers shoulder” comes from either tendonitis or from the pinching of the rotator cuff muscle. The culprit? Repetitive overhead movements, such as those from the main swimming strokes such as freestyle, butterfly, breaststroke and backstroke. The pinching of the shoulder cuff muscle is one of ... Read More