Health & Safety

June 22, 2012

Water hazards: summer’s silent killer

Tags:
By Senior Airman Jack Sanders
99th Air Base Wing Public Affairs

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. – With temperatures in the triple digits and the risk of heat related incidents rising, nothing could be better than a little water, right?

Wrong.

As summer temperature rise, so do water-related mishaps. Each year, Las Vegas statistics for accidental drowning rise during the pool season. In fact, drowning is the leading cause of unintentional death in Clark County for children four years of age and younger.

“Constant adult supervision is essential in preventing childhood drowning,” said Master Sgt. Schelaundye Owens, 57th Wing safety ground safety manager.

Simple preventative measures known as the ABCDs of swimming safety could potentially prevent an incident.

“The ABCDs of swimming safety are pretty simple to understand,” Owens said. “A is for adult supervision. Always have adult supervision present if children are in the water. B is to ensure there are barriers around pools. The installation and proper use of barriers or layers of protection is crucial. C is for classes, like swim lessons or CPR. There are a variety of classes around Las Vegas and most classes aren’t very expensive. D is for devices. That’s your life jackets, respiration tools and flotation devices.”

“If you’re just learning to swim, I highly recommend you wear flotation devices, and if you can’t swim, stay out of the water,” she said.

Failing to establish and follow water safety precautions can quickly become disastrous.

“When it comes to water it’s like anything – take safety as first priority,” Owens said. “Be aware of your surroundings and know your limits. If you are drinking, stay out of the water. If you have small children, keep your eye on your children. In two seconds, kids are submerged.”

According to the Southern Nevada Health District, getting a towel takes ten seconds, time in which, a child can be submerged. Answering the phone takes two minutes, during which a child can lose consciousness under water. Talking with someone at the door takes four to six minutes, time enough for a child to sustain permanent brain damage or die drowning.

“That’s how quickly you could lose your child or your loved one,” Owens said.

During 2012, Clark County recorded 21 submersion incidents, 19 non-fatal drowning and two fatal drowning incidents.  Over the past seven years, Las Vegas has had 307 Submersion incidents averaging near 44 incidents per year.

Swimming lessons are offered through Outdoor Recreation and taught at the Warrior Fitness Center. Those wanting to sign up may visit Outdoor Recreation or call 652-2514. The classes last two weeks long with three 30 minute classes per week. Outdoor Recreation also provides safety equipment rental. CPR courses are offered through the Red Cross. To sign up contact the Red Cross at 652-2106.

“All safety incidents are preventable,” Owens said. “Follow the ABCDs of swimming safety and help make sure these incidents don’t happen.”




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
Courtesy photograph

Nellis Airman garners 2013 Sijan Award

Courtesy photograph Senior Master Sgt. David DeLoney, 820th RED HORSE readiness and emergency management superintendent, poses for a photo at an undisclosed location. DeLoney earned the 2013 U.S. Air Force Lance P. Sijan Leader...
 
 

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — Why do I care? I worked for years in Florida in Child Protective Services. I obtained my Master of Social Work in 1996, and I have been a licensed clinical social worker since 2001. I saw children with marks and bruises after they had been beaten with objects. I saw...
 
 

Navy leadership visits Las Vegas Navy Reserves

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — The Las Vegas Navy Operational Support Center was honored to have Rear Adm. Bryan P. Cutchen, commander of the U.S. Naval Reserve Forces Command, as its special guest speaker during a recently conducted drill weekend. The distinguished guest was a beacon of inspiration for the 250 plus Navy reservists who...
 

 

Pulse on AF force management

WASHINGTON — New eligibility criteria, application deadlines and status updates are all featured in this force management update, an ongoing effort to bring Airmen the latest, most accurate information concerning the complex and dynamic force management programs. Additional TERA, VSP windows The Air Force will open two new fiscal year 2014 temporary early retirement authority...
 
 

AF opens additional TERA, VSP windows

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — The Air Force will open two new fiscal year 2014 force management temporary early retirement authority application windows, and a new voluntary separation pay application window, Air Force Personnel Center officials said April 14. Commonly referred to as the 15-year retirement, TERA eligibility will be based on the updated...
 
 
U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Timothy Young

Military children receive support during hardships

U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Timothy Young Tech. Sgt. Mike Hodges, 99th Medical Operations Squadron respiratory therapy technician, holds a horse while Anders Steinhiser, Lomie G. Heard Elementary School 1st grade s...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>


Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin