When it comes to water safety, education is one of the best ways to prevent the needless loss of life caused by drowning and near-drowning accidents. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 4,000 people die in drowning accidents in the United States each year. There are another 8,000 nonfatal drownings every year. If people are better informed, they can do their part to protect themselves and their loved ones. However, it also takes increased responsibility by employers, pool equipment manufacturers, property owners, and other individuals and companies that should be focused on keeping people safe in and on the water.
Take this opportunity to learn more about drowning accidents, why they happen, what you can do to prevent them, and what steps you can take if you were affected.