Just wanted to remind everyone again of the dangers of water. 1.2 million people around the world die by drowning every year, that is more than two persons per minute. Four out of every ten drownings happen within 6 feet of the safety of dry land. One-quarter of drownings happen in water just over six feet deep. In fact, studies have found 1,676 Americans were reported to have drowned in a tub during a five-year period, or an average of 335 a year. Other studies have shown that one American drowns nearly every day in a bathtub, hot tub or spa. My research suggests NOT ONE OF THESE INDIVIDUALS WORE A PFD. Residents of California, which leads the nation in residential ownership of tubs, are three times more likely to drown in a tub than are residents of the state of New York, where the rate of tub drownings and hot tub ownership are both low. Tubs aren’t the only reason to be afraid of water however: some people drown from other causes. Thomas Owen 18-year-old, from Hale, UK was discovered face down in a 3cm-deep muddy pool of water by a neighbor back in June 2016. David Outlaw, age 66, was found drowned in a puddle outside his South Carolina nursing home in Oct 2016. In all likelihood, some of this water WAS COLD. Here are some recommendations I came up with to prevent you from drowning:
Don’t assume any level of risk, ever.
Warn others incessantly about the dangers of water, especially cold water - Anytime you find an article about someone doing something incredibly stupid involving water, share it with others on this forum.
Wring your hands, fret, and tell others “ohhhh I wouldn’t do that” often when it comes to water.
If you still feel it necessary to interact with water, wear a PFD (showering, bathing, drinking water, etc).
Use the buddy system at all times when around the water. (Don’t forget about the dangers of rain!).