Over the years, the majority of children who drown in swimming pools usually do so around the summer months. While it is a season to get out and enjoy the water with beach shorts and the sun screen, it is important to ensure that your family is safe and you are aware of accident prevention knowledge around the pool. Majority of parents are not aware about the different types of drowning and here are the 5 different types of drowning you need to know about so you will be prepared this summer.
Passive drowning occurs among small children when they submerge under water and they slide under and stay down in the swimming pool. This happens since young children are unable to hold their heads back up therefore submerging towards the swimming pool bottom. Life guards have received training where they are taught to search for young children at the bottom when it’s reported that one has drowned. This is a fact many parents are unaware off since they don’t have the necessary training. As a parent, you need to supervise your children when they are swimming or have them wear life jackets.
Experts refer to this type of drowning as classic since it happens when one’s lungs fill up with water when they get to submerge and they are unable to swim to the surface. When a person is submerged below the water level and they are unable to breathe for a certain period of time, the brain signals the lungs to breathe therefore instead of air, water flows into the lungs instead. This harms the lining of the lungs which leads to death if the person is not saved early. This type of drowning can be prevented by ensuring your children have received the right swimming lessons and are under constant adult supervision.
Active drowning occurs when an individual starts to aggressively splash on the water while waving and shouting at the same time. This is common among adults and the teenagers since they have the ability of recognizing when they are in trouble.
Secondary drowning occurs when an individual while submerged inhales a small amount of water. This water damages the lining of one’s lungs therefore leading to inflammation. When this occurs, the lungs are unable to transmit oxygen and results in fluid leaking into the lungs. Since this occurs to victims of near drowning experience, it may lead to the victim silently drowning.
This is a type of drowning happens without water entering the lungs. This occurs when a spasm of the larynx prevents air from getting into the lungs and therefore leading to drowning.
Pool Fences Can Help Prevent Pool Drownings
Homeowners with swimming pools should strongly consider having pool fences installed around their pools for the safety of their children and family members. A pool fence can help prevent children from unsupervised access to the pool. A removable mesh pool fence is the recommended pool safety barrier solution. Mesh pool fences are available in different styles, can be erected quickly, and can be removed quickly in case the pool is required. Pool fences are made to be strong therefore children are unable to knock them down. Contact your local All-Safe Pool Fence & Covers dealer to install your pool fence today.