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When You're Drowning In A Pool Or River, Use These Simple Methods To Save Yourself

Pool accidents kill many. Daily, 10 Americans drown. Two teens. Every youngster that drowns sends five to the ER. Anywhere there is water, children who are not being watched closely are particularly at risk of drowning, which can occur suddenly and softly. Children from one to four years old have the highest risk of drowning in residential swimming pools. More than half of drowning incidents, both fatal and nonfatal, involving people aged 15 and older take place in natural bodies of water such as lakes, rivers, or oceans. Swimming is a prominent summer pastime. Due to a lack of swimming ability, several people drown every year.

Though learning to swim is the greatest strategy to prevent drowning, several simple swimming survival strategies can help non-swimmers.

Don't worry if you're drowning in a river or pool due to a flood or other cause.

First, don't panic when drowning.

Here are some general safety guidelines from the Singapore Life Saving Society.

Head up and breathe properly.

Body floats better with full lungs, but don't hyperventilate.

Toss heavy shoes and bags.

If people are nearby, shout, wave, or splash water to get their attention (to the extent you are able to).

If you're exhausted, lie down and tilt your head back so your eyes face the sky.

Keep calm. Tensed muscles need more oxygen than relaxed muscles, therefore oxygenation is vital.

When alone, lie down and breathe quietly. Inflated lungs help you float. Don't splash.

Second is easier. During a flood, swim to the river's or pool's edge to regain control.

Make a life jacket out of jeans by tying the ankle and leg separately.

If attempting to stand up in water that is moving quickly increases the risk of being caught on rocks, what should one do to reduce the risk of being caught?

Wet situations are best for water shoes with grips. Dr. Giuseppe Aragona advises against wearing slip-prone shoes. Swimming without sandals is safe.

Avoid fast-moving water at first. Ocean or river swimmers must be more mindful of their surroundings than pool swimmers. Make sure you're with a pro and know how to get out of a riptide or fast-moving river before swimming (below).

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