Swimming In Texas? This Video Makes Important Point About What To Wear
Is it just me, or is it already getting hot here in Texas?
Luckily, a wonderful way to cool off is to take advantage of places to swim in Texas. There are lakes, rivers, creeks, beaches on the coast, or even just a good backyard swimming pool to beat the heat.
However, swimming can be dangerous, even deadly. Last year (2022) 76 children died due to drowning in Texas alone. In fact, Texas leads the nation in child drowning deaths. Most of these deaths occur in backyard pools and to children between one and four years old. It only takes 20 seconds for a child to drown, so even just glancing away from a child near a pool can spell disaster.
Small children should be supervised constantly around pools, and pools should be covered when not in use. There are other techniques that parents can use to help prevent child drowning deaths listed here.
One way to help save lives in a drowning event may surprise you. It's what color swimsuit you or your child is wearing, particularly if you are in a natural body of water. This is wonderfully illustrated in this video, and you might be surprised how quickly some colors "disappear" in the water.
Here is an interesting video that I like to show in my seminars, its a great example of color loss at depth.
I would not have guessed how quickly purple (my favorite color) becomes indistinguishable in the water. If I were to go under, it may take longer to find me if I were wearing a purple suit instead an orange or pink suit. I'm also surprised that red disappears, too. Obviously blue is a poor choice, even in very shallow depths.
Obviously, when it comes to a drowning event, time is an incredibly important factor. The more quickly a person can be spotted and given CPR, the more likely they are to survive and survive without serious brain injury.
Another great way to avoid drowning is to teach your children how to swim, and how to be cautious around the water. I'd just suggest you do those things while you are both wearing a bright, non-blue swimming suit.
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