Common Causes of Drownings and Near Drownings
Thousands of people die or suffer traumatic injuries due to drowning and near drowning each year. While some cases are accidental, others are due to negligence. No matter what the circumstance is, losing a family member to a drowning is tragic. To prevent your family from losing a loved one to drowning, it is important to know the most common reasons a drowning occurs. Five of the most common causes of drowning include:
- Inability to swim: Young children are particularly at risk of drowning in pools since they cannot touch the bottom and hold their heads above water. Swimming lessons and lifeguards reduce drowning risks.
- Lack of pool fencing: Many children drown because they fall in a pool and do not know how to swim. Fencing around a pool that prevents child entry is lifesaving.
- No lifeguard or supervision: Unattended children are much more likely to drown. If you or your children do not know how to swim, you should only swim in the presence of a lifeguard or a supervising adult who knows how to swim.
- Lack of life jackets: The majority of boating deaths are caused by drowning due to the victim not wearing a life jacket. Any person on the water should have access to a life jacket that fits properly.
- Consumption of alcohol: Teenager and adults, even those who know how to swim, drown each year after choosing to swim and consume alcohol. Alcohol impairs judgment and motor skills, making swimming and supervising other swimmers dangerous.