Volume 2 Issue 1 Spring-Summer 2015
By Madison Monroe
very day, about ten people die from unintentional drowning. Of these, two are children aged 14 or younger. Drowning ranks fifth among the leading causes of unintentional injury death in the United States. Follow this guide for beach warning flags to know if it is safe to go in the water.
According to the CDC from 2005-2009, there were an average of 3,533 fatal unintentional drownings (non-boating related) annually in the United States supporting that average of about ten deaths per day. Beach warning flags are used to try to help prevent these accidental drownings, so that swimmers know what is happening in the water.
About one in five people who die from drowning are children 14 and younger. So be sure to have little ones wear life vests and make sure they know what the warning flags mean. Even a small child knows Green means go, so teach them ONLY to get in the water if the flags are green. Sometimes children might rush away from a parent to jump in the water, but if they are taught to check the flag first they might stop before getting in during a safety hazard.
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