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When I woke up this morning I had every intention to do a National Lipstick Post, but as I was typing Bode & Morgan Miller’s pool safety story was airing in the background and lipstick no longer felt relevant. If you haven’t heard the tragic story catch up HERE..
Two things stood out in the interview;
- Never once had pool safety been discussed in a pediatricians visit
- It only takes 30 seconds for a 3 year old to drown.
30 seconds to drown? That is the time it takes to answer the phone? Drowning happens so quickly in small children because they don’t know to hold their breath. They are frightened so they scream in turn filling their lungs with water immediately.
WASHINGTON – From Memorial Day through Labor Day 2017*, at least 163 children younger than age 15 fatally drowned in swimming pools or spas, according to media reports compiled by the USA Swimming Foundation, a Pool Safely campaign partner. Of the 163 reports, 112 of the victims — nearly 70 percent — were children younger than age five.
So far, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 30 children across the country have died from the flu during a season that began in October, typically peaks in February or March and sputters out by May. By comparison, last year, 101 children died from the flu.
If Pool drownings are responsible for more child deaths than the flu why do we are we not educated more about pool safety? Why does the flu shot campaign begin at the beginning of the school year with my children having the option of receiving the shot at school. Yet, they have never had a pool/water safety class offered at their school? Why have I never been asked If I had a pool, or was aware of pool safety, alarms, CPR at the pediatrician? This is non-sensical to me.
Here are Pool Safety Video I found from Poolsafety.gov and a video displaying different alarms!