New drowning study warns about the dangers of swimming in open water | www.today.com
As the weather heats up many families will cool down by swimming at pools, rivers, lakes, ponds and the ocean. But a new report from Safe Kids Worldwide and Nationwide’s Make Safe Happen offers a warning about drowning: families need to pay more attention to swimming safety — especially in open water. “We used to hear a lot about kids drowning in pools and there has been a fair amount of work done in that area, and we have seen those drownings decrease,” Morag Mackay, director of research at Safe Kids Worldwide, told TODAY. “But drownings in open water have increased. ”Open water drownings have increased at the same time pool drowning have decreased. Courtesy Safe Kids WorldwideThe report — Hidden Hazards: An Exploration of Open Water Drowning and Risks for Children — finds that 43 percent of drowning occur in open water, such as quarries, oceans, lakes, rivers, retention ponds, reservoirs and ponds. Drowning in pools makes up 38 percent of drownings. Read more….