You turn your back for a few moments to fetch some laundry and your two year old son somehow finds his way into the backyard through a door left ajar. Within moments he stumbles into the swimming pool. You frantically run to his aid and pull him out of the water, only to find his face blue, his lungs gurgling, and his body limp. Would you know what to do next?
The Sobering Truth:
- Drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional injury-related death for children ages 1 to 14 years
- Drowning usually happens quickly and silently—many children who drown in home pools were out of sight for less than 5 minutes and in the care of one or both parents at the time
- Non-fatal drowning injuries can cause severe brain damage that could result in long-term health issues including memory and learning problems.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Paramedics can take, on average, four to eight minutes to arrive, and each minute that someone goes without chest compressions their chances of survival decrease by 10 percent. Evidence shows that if CPR is performed immediately, the outcome can be positive!
Learn how to respond with AVAC’s Red Cross Safety classes:
Don’t be caught unprepared. AVAC’s Red Cross safety classes are perfectly designed for coaches, babysitters, parents, grandparents and others who care for children.
The first in our 2018 class lineup is CPR/AED & Basic First Aid: Sunday, January 14, 2018 starting at 1 pm.
Call 408.267.4032 or visit www.avac.us/RedCross today to learn more and view all upcoming classes.