Overview of Dry drowning


When considering prevention measures for dry drowning, it’s important to understand that it may take only a minute or two for death or long-term damage to occur. Constant supervision during the bath or anytime a child is swimming or near water of any depth is imperative.

Preventative measures include:

  • Always ensure that everyone in a boat wears a life jacket at all times.
  • Enroll your children in swim lessons instructed by trained professionals.
  • If your child is near a pool, make sure it is fenced and the gate is kept closed at all times.
  • Never allow children to play near the beach unless supervised by an adult.
  • Never swim alone.
  • Don’t swim at a beach unless a lifeguard is present.
  • Do not walk on icy lakes.
  • Supervise toddlers and small children when they are near any type of body of water, including spas, hot tubs, bathtubs, pools, ponds, and lakes.

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