From the Tioga County Public Health Department:
For Immediate Release:
July 23, 2018
Drowning is Preventable!
The Tioga County Legislature has proclaimed July as Drowning Prevention Awareness Month in Tioga County. Drowning can happen to anyone, of any age, and can occur in just a few seconds. Drownings can occur in swimming pools, open bodies of water, and bathtubs.
Many people associate drownings with young children, however, half of all drowning deaths in children happen to 14 – 18 year olds, with males accounting for 80% of fatalities that occur in open bodies of water. In 2016, 1,000 children drowned in the United States, with another 7,000 visiting the Emergency Room for water-related injuries.
Open bodies of water like lakes, ponds, rivers, and oceans account for more drowning deaths each year than swimming pools. This is because there are many hidden hazards in open bodies of water like sudden drop-offs, limited visibility, rocks and vegetation, dangerous currents, difficult-to-judge distances, and unknown depths of water.
Drowning deaths are preventable. While more drownings occur in open bodies of water, it is still extremely important to use extra caution while around swimming pools, kiddie pools, and bathtubs filled with water. Tioga County Public Health asks that adults watch kids while they are in or around water, teach kids how to swim in open bodies of water, and use life jackets appropriate for a child’s weight and water activity. Adults should stay off phones and avoid distractions while children are swimming; remember it only takes a few seconds for a fun afternoon to turn into a deadly one.
Tioga County Public Health encourages families to enjoy all that our area has to offer like kayaking in the Susquehanna river, swimming in the Finger Lakes, visiting local Waterfalls, hiking the Gorges, and more! Swimming and hiking are great sources of exercise and can be enjoyed safely by following posted signs and rules in swimming areas. Check out http://www.visittioga.com/ for more activities you can do right here in Tioga County!
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