Drowning myths are as prevalent as Minnesota lakes. Are you in the swim when it comes to knowing the facts?
Come summer, we’re irresistibly drawn to water — pools, lakes, beaches and boat decks. It’s a glorious way to beat the heat, but it’s also potentially dangerous.
Drowning is the nation’s fifth-leading cause of unintentional injury death, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). On average, 10 people drown every day, two of them age 14 or younger.
Even if the victim is resuscitated, the effects of nearly drowning can be drastic. According to the Minnesota Safety Council, “Nonfatal drownings can cause brain damage that may result in long-term disabilities including memory problems, learning disabilities and permanent loss of basic functioning (e.g., a permanent vegetative state).”
There are a lot of misconceptions about drowning, safety experts warn. Knowing the facts can be a life-or-death matter for you and your family. What’s your Water Safety Wisdom level? Take this quiz and find out.
Part 1. Who’s at risk?
Q: True or false: If you don’t go swimming, you can’t drown.
A: False. “Two-thirds of the people who drown never had any intention of being in the water, according to the National Drowning Prevention Alliance.
Q: True or false: Everyone should learn to swim, even if they’re adults or don’t plan on going to the pool or beach.
Q: Which gender drowns more often? (a) males; (b) females; (c) it’s a trick question, they drown at the same rate.
A: (a) Nearly 80 percent of the people who drown are male, according to the CDC. Some experts think males’ higher risk-taking tendencies and drinking could explain the huge disparity. Alcohol use is involved in 70 percent of deaths associated with water recreation and 20 percent of boating deaths.
Q: True or false: Children age 1-4 most often drown in home pools.
Q: True or false: Children under 1 most often drown in home pools.