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With summer drawing close, Californians are looking forward to the prospect of spending more time in the water. From public pools to the Pacific Ocean, swimming offers Californians incredible exercise, relief from the heat and a fun activity for those kids on summer break. However, more people in the water means a higher risk of drowning.
The signs of drowning are not as easy to identify as movies or television may make one think. More often, drowning occurs silently, especially among children. As families return to the beaches and pools with the onset of summer, watching for signs of drowning can help save lives.
Many believe those drowning will flail dramatically and identify their danger, but this is rarely the case. Most drowning victims display an Instinctive Drowning Response. Identifying these behaviors is key to taking life-saving action.
These five tips can help people recognize drowning:
Nearly ten people die every day due to drowning in the United States, with 20% of all victims under age 14. Understanding how to spot drowning can help Californians save lives and enjoy the beautiful summer in safety.
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