Friday, April 18, 2014
PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA
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Pool safety

EDITOR:

I know that this is not related to any stories at this time, but I wanted to get the conversation started about this somehow. With summer readily approaching and many people having daydreams of summer sun, flip flops and shorts, we as a society do not acknowledge our increased amount of danger that comes with summer fun. When we want to cool off we either head to the lake, go boating, find a rope swing or go swimming in a private or public pool. Though fun, these are extremely dangerous things if pursued incorrectly, especially for young children.

Child drowning is a long, unnoticed problem in our country; it is the second leading cause in accidental death of children but it has not been dealt with. This is unsettling in my opinion. Studies from USA Swimming shows that, “70 percent of African American children, 60 percent of Latino children and 40 percent of Caucasian children have little to no swimming ability,” meaning that they cannot survive in aquatic conditions. These conditions encompass swimming, floating, knowing when and how to hold their breath, etc. Ten people die each day from accidental drowning in the United States.

Luckily, there is hope in preventing these fatal accidents. If you have young children or even do not know how to swim yourself, find a local pool that holds swimming lessons and sign you and/or your children up for classes. The study also stated, “Formal swimming lessons could reduce the likelihood of childhood drowning by 88 percent.” The bottom line is that if we can train our children to be safer swimmers and understand that water is not a forgiving entity, we can save lives and prevent their drowning now and even as an adult. This is a problem that people traditionally do not think of when trying to protect their child. Maybe it should start being something we should be concerned about.

BRANDON MILLS
Shingle Springs

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