With more people hopping into the pool to cool off during the warmer months, summer is the perfect time to talk about water safety. While anyone is at risk of drowning, children are especially vulnerable. Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that:
Contrary to what many people think, drowning is often a slow, silent process. Everyone should be familiar with the signs of drowning, especially if you are supervising young children or have a swimming pool in your backyard. Here are some signs that could mean someone is in trouble in the water:
If you believe that someone is drowning or in distress, scream for an adult or lifeguard or rescue the person yourself without putting yourself in danger. Tell someone to call 9-1-1 for emergency medical help and begin cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).
Dry drowning, also known as secondary drowning, occurs when someone takes in a small amount of water through their nose or mouth. This may occur when someone is in the early stages of drowning but is rescued before it becomes immediately fatal.
However, when even a little bit of water gets into the lungs, it results in inflammation or swelling. The body subsequently struggles to get the oxygen it needs. Signs of dry drowning can be delayed for up to 24 hours and may include:
Any child or individual who was pulled from the pool during a water rescue needs medical attention immediately to ensure there is no water in their lungs. At the very least, you should call a doctor in order to get medical advice and monitor symptoms as needed.
If your child suffered harm on another person’s property, you may have legal grounds to file a premises liability claim in order to pursue damages for medical bills and pain and suffering. Contact Klein Frank, P.C. at (303) 622-3876 to schedule a free, personalized consultation with our Colorado legal team today.