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Drowning Precautions

Posted on June 19, 2013
By Nikki Martinez

Through the summer, swimming in a common adventure children love here in Texas. But with that comes the slight fear of drowning, seeing that it is the #2 cause of accidental deaths in the country. Now, our prayer here at KVNE is that you never have to deal with this tragedy, so there are ways to know “something’s not right” and hopefully save your child’s life!


It’s quiet: You can’t yell when you’re drowning. You’re trying too hard to breathe.

There’s no splashing: People may thrash around just before they start drowning. But once the Instinctive Drowning Response takes over, you lose control over your arms. Typically people will spread their arms out to either side and try to push down on the water so they can push their heads above the water.

Mouth near the surface: A drowning person will usually have their head back, mouth open. When their mouth is above the water, they will gasp in and out quickly before submerging back into the water.

Climbing an invisible staircase: This is what experts say drowning victims often look like they’re doing. Their bodies will be upright. Some people appear to be trying to roll over to their back. And they’re usually unable to kick at all.