Admittedly, this article is a little off topic for a fire department; however we felt the message is too important not to share. In this feature by KMSP-TV, we learn that Drowning is silent!
There is a fatal misunderstanding that even the media is perpetuates at times.
“There is not going to be that yelling and screaming,” Jon Foss, of Foss Swim School, explained.
Water safety tips
- Never swim alone: Even a teenager or adult should swim with a buddy.
- Pick a look-out: Designate an adult to be close enough to reach out and touch a child under 4 years old whenever they are in the water.
- Don’t waste time: If your child is missing, look in the pool first.
- Keep a cell phone nearby: Every second counts when you have to call 911, but keep it turned off or silenced while you watch swimmers in the pool.
- Install alarms: Any door or window leading to a pool area can be outfitted to alert adults to unexpected access.
Read the full article on myfoxtwincities.com.