With the recent heat wave that has hit our city, many people are taking to the water to cool off. Lots of those people are out on the water, enjoying their boating leisure. Many others are sticking to the beaches and waterways around the city. The tragic side effect of both of these activities are the shocking number of people who drown.
Is it inevitable that six people (on average) are going to drown each and every month? Is that “just the way it is” and always will be? What are your thoughts on this issue? Are these tragic deaths truly preventable?
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If you care to add to our discussion here, we are currently running a contest to get people thinking about preventable injuries or accidents, with a focus on drowning deaths this month. To learn more about our contest you can click on our “First Contest…” All the “legal stuff” about the contest is posted there as well.
If you want to add your thoughts to this conversation, feel free to post your comments here on this post. All comments on the following questions adds to the conversation;
- What it will take to shift peoples’ attitudes towards water safety?
- What will it take to make the shift from it being acceptable to take a case of beer and coolers on the boat with you to the point where people understand that drinking and boating is equally as dangerous as drinking and driving an automobile?
- What will it take to make the shift so that people just know to slip on a life vest or some PFD (personal floatation device) while out on a boat?
- What will it take to make that shift in peoples’ thinking and attitudes?