Florida Drowning Highlights Risk to Teens

by Carmen Dellutri on April 1, 2013

Florida drowning accident attorneyWhile we often associate drowning risks with small children, the truth is that all kids are vulnerable, particularly if they don’t swim well.

The death of a thirteen-year-old boy at Disney’s Pop Century Resort makes this tragically clear.  He was jumping in and out of the pool with friends when he disappeared under the water.

As we have previously discussed on this Florida Injury Blog, ten people die every day from unintentional drowning in the United States, making it the fifth-leading cause of unintentional injury death. Due to our warm weather, beaches, and pools, a larger percentage of drownings occur here in Florida.

According to experts, peer pressure and the desire to “test their limits” can put teens at risk.  Even if teens know how to swim, only 2 to 7 percent of Americans swim well, according to a recent CNN article. That makes it easy to for teens get in trouble.

With this in mind, the Red Cross recommends the following:

  • Parents should set expectations for teens around water ahead of time.
  • No one should be allowed to swim alone, even if they are a strong swimmer.
  • No swimming after dark.
  • Following the rules of a pool is also key: no running, no horseplay, no diving into shallow water.
  • Due to the risk of shallow water blackout, teens should avoid breath-holding competitions.
  • Everyone should know what to do if someone gets in trouble in the water, including how to perform CPR.

For more information about drowning prevention, please see our prior posts.

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