Great water safety, Drowning Prevention Post

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I was a “water baby”. Loved to be in the pool, lake, ocean, whatever. My mom was a strong swimmer, but my dad felt he was only able to survive in the water; not having any desire to be immersed in a body of water other than a bathtub.

So I got a lot of safety training, as well as more advanced water skills training. That being said, I’ve been in trouble in the water enough times to (hopefully) not get complacent while Water safety Key Pointsenjoying the lake, pool or ocean and occasional river. Things do happen unexpectedly. The old stand-byes of the buddy system and getting approval from parents as to where I was going, who I would be with, and when I would be back ran deep.

Several Years ago, There was a great article by Mario Vittone entitled “Drowning Doesn’t Look Like Drowning” Its a great read and I strongly encourage you to follow the link to get to it. Please read his article, click here

I did a quick fact check and discovered that drowning is still considered by many  to be one of the top 10 causes of death in children under the age of 15.

The best advice he has in the article, but by no means the only gem is “children playing in the water make noise, When they get quiet, you get to them and find out why.”

Remember that distances are hard to guess over water. Swimming across the cove is usually not a good idea unless the swimmer is very strong.

As with any personal safety or protection scenario, keeping an eye out on your surroundings is cool at the pool!Safety First

 

 

Holiday Travel Tips

As we approach the holiday weekend, I first want to wish everyone a safe and happy time Holiday safe drivingwith friends, family and loved ones!

Part of our job is proactive personal safety, so time for a few thoughts before we go to our favorite holiday events.

According to a recent NBC News story, traffic deaths plummeted 40% between 1972 and 2013, but preliminary data gathered and reported by the National Safety Council in May (2015) that highway fatalities jumped 8% between Oct.1 2014 and March 31, 2015. That’s a big jump in deaths over a relatively short period of time!

The 4th of July is on a Saturday this year, and statistically, more cars will be on the road, so confusing_signs5an extra dose of vigilance would be appropriate.

Remember The Basics:

Proper use of seatbelts and car seats save hundreds of lives each year and yet many people still “forget to use them” …Please use them!

Speed limits: Traditionally more speeding related deaths occur during the summer months, invest a few seconds to make sure you arrive safely even if you’re “running behind schedule”.

Impaired driving…Oddly enough this is still the “single largest cause of motor vehicle fatalities”. Be vigilant and encourage others around you (especially our kids) to avoid riding with anyone who might possibly be”acting weird” or “under the influence”. There really is not much excuse not to call if someone needs a ride, right?

Distracted Driving is rapidly becoming the largest source of single car crashes. Whether texting, calling, emailing, checking yourself in the mirror, “rubbernecking at roadside 3KindsOfDistractedDrivingincidents” reaching back to get something, (or someone) in the back seat. Take a few seconds to pull over and then deal with whatever it is. Just think about this for a minute, even if you are the best at texting, calling, whatever…That makes everyone else worse at it than you; and you can’t look out for the numbskulls if you’re looking at something else even for a second.

Finally, whenever we do a talk about Personal Safety and protecting yourself, we talk about being aware of what is going on around you. In this case, the old idea of “Defensive Driving” or “watching out for the other guy” would be the golden rule.

With improved automotive safety features and increased technological capabilities, we sometimes forget that there are others outside of our cars that can literally make a tremendous impact on our lives and the lives all families involved. Be on the lookout for those threats.

Have great Holiday!

NYPD Blue: "Be safe out there!"
NYPD Blue:
“Be safe out there!”