In the movies, when people are “acting” like they’re drowning, there’s a lot of screaming and splashing. But that’s not reality. Drowning is nearly silent.
Unlike other parts of the country, we here in LA never have to close up our pools or drain our hot tubs or stay away from the beach. We live in the land of endless summer. It’s fantastic. But it’s also dangerous. Everyone who lives in LA has year round access to recreational swimming. And that means everyone who lives in LA should learn how to swim!
Fence the pool. A fence surrounding a pool should be at least four-feet tall, be transparent, and not permit anyone to climb underneath it. Avoid a fence that looks like fun to climb. Make certain you install a self-closing and self-latching gate that opens away from the pool area – and place the latch high or at the top of the fence.
Interesting Fact: A baby can drown in just one-inch of water (2.5 centimeters). A curious infant or baby can fall into a toilet, a bucket of water, or any other body of water they gain access to.
There is no more effective way of helping someone who has stopped breathing or who’s heart has stopped functioning, than CPR. And it is VERY easy to learn.