NATIONAL DROWNING PREVENTION WEEK 7/17/2017 7:47:46 AM
This week is National Drowning Prevention Week. The Lifesaving Society designates the third week in July as National Drowning Prevention Week (NDPW) to focus community and media attention on the drowning problem and drowning prevention. Public Education Director with Lifesaving Society Barbara Byers says the week is about raising awareness about the drowning risks and provide drowning prevention strategies. She says the age group of 20-34-year-olds has the highest drowning rates, as 80% are men and they are known to be taking more risks and chances while swimming or boating. 40% of all fatalities occur due to alcohol and Byers says it is important to wait until after boating or swimming to consume.
Byers says that the tweens are five times less likely to know how to swim despite 93% wanting to go swimming or boating.