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Make the Summer Fun & Safe – Let’s Prevent Drowning Deaths

I have 3 boys, ages 5, 8 and 10. My partner, Brian, has 5 boys, ages 1, 4, 6, 8 and 10. I have to tell you, I don’t know how our wives do it – corralling those boys to take them to the local swimming pool. Picture the environment: it’s hot, people everywhere, kids running around crazy with their friends, it’s loud, distracting. It is quite simply a disaster waiting to happen – a drowning disaster, that is. My wife and I have had our boys do swim lessons. We teach them to play or swim only in water depths that they are comfortable in. We try to explain to them what can happen when a young boy or girl gets into water that is over their heads- both literally and figuratively. We hope they have listened and learned.

Prevent Summertime Drowning Deaths

I recently read that in the short summer time so far in 2012, there are already 20 drowning deaths reported in the United States. Shocking and sad. I can’t help but think how I would feel if one of my boys were 1 of those 20 deaths. I would be lost in a sea of grief and sadness.

So, this summer, for all you Missouri and St. Louis pool-goers out there, let’s keep a watchful eye on our kids AND THE LIFEGUARDS THAT ARE SUPPOSED TO BE WATCHING & PROTECTING THEM. If you see a lifeguard jacking around or dozing off on his or her watch, tell the facility manager. Vigilance in lifeguarding is the key to preventing a drowning death or injury.

Isn’t one embarrassing moment for a non-vigilant lifeguard worth the life of a child?

If you or a loved one are involved in a drowning or near-drowning injury in Missouri or the St. Louis area, please call Millikan Wright, LLC. We will swiftly and thoroughly investigate the incident, and do all that we can to make you and your family whole for any loss you have sustained.

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