Dry and Secondary Drowning
If you have a pool on your property, you and your residents need to be aware of dry and secondary drowning. This blog post provides tips on symptoms to look out for, prevention methods and what to do in the event of a dry or secondary drowning.
Find out how to improve safety and reduce costs at your property
Our best-in-class emergency phone + monitoring solutions provide peace of mind and are backed by decades of expertiseLearn More
If you just said “What?!”, you’re not alone. Dry drowning and secondary drowning, sometimes called “delayed” drowning, although rare, can occur hours after a person intakes a large amount of water into the lungs or survives an underwater drowning experience.
Dry drowning occurs when a person breathes in small amounts of water during a struggle, triggering their airway to spasm and close, making breathing difficult.
Secondary drowning occurs when a person’s lungs build up with fluid, called pulmonary edema, after a near drowning incident. The fluid build-up also causes difficulty breathing.
All dry or secondary drownings result in breathing trouble and brain injury, just the same as drowning in water does. If untreated, both dry and secondary drowning can be fatal, especially in children, most often when a child is put to bed after a near drowning incident.
Here are some tips to you should know about a dry or secondary drowning:
Both dry and secondary drownings have the same symptoms. These symptoms are not always easy to spot, especially in young children who may naturally be cranky or tired after a day in the sun and water.
Symptoms of a dry drowning usually occur right after any incident in the water, but with a secondary drowning, a person can be out of the water and walking around normally for hours before the signs become noticeable. These symptoms include:
- Gasping for air
- Chest pain
- Extreme fatigue
- Sudden changes in behavior, such as irritability
If you think someone is exhibiting the signs and symptoms of a dry or secondary drowning, you should take them to the emergency room right away. Time is an extremely important factor in treating someone experiencing dry or secondary drowning.
Dry or secondary drowning can be treated with medical observation, oxygen or ventilation if needed. Most cases are not fatal IF treated in time.
Practicing water safety is the most important thing you can do to prevent a dry or secondary drowning.
- Always keep a close eye on inexperienced swimmers and small children near water.
- Know the limitations of the swimmers in your group.
- Make sure everyone in your family knows how to swim.
- Only swim in areas that have lifeguards on duty.
- Do not play too roughly while swimming.
- Do not panic while in the water.
- Learn CPR.
- Never swim alone!
In addition to the general guidelines above, if you have a swimming pool on your property make sure it is completely fenced in and has a secure gate to keep small children from wandering in alone.
Remember not to let your guard down just because the water is not deep. All types of drowning can occur in any depth of water including – bathtubs, small kiddie pools, ponds, buckets, dog bowls and even toilets. Wherever a small toddler can fit with water could possibly be a hazard to them.
Drowning remains a serious problem, especially for children, but with a little observation and supervision it can be prevented.
Are the pools on your properties fully equipped in case of an emergency? At Kings III, our focus is on helping our customers provide the absolute best care to their residents, while reducing company risk, liability and potentially costs, by providing full turnkey and best value help phone solutions with class-leading 24/7/365 emergency monitoring. More than that, with us, you’ll know your property and your customers are in good hands.
For more information on dry drowning and secondary drowning, you can visit WebMD.
Because your fitness center could be one of the more popular amenities on your property, it certainly brings a need for a plan to manage risks that can occur. If you haven’t already, it’s important to establish life safety and emergency response practices specifically designated for the area. Here are some of the essentials.
Elevator Communications and Data Connection Requirements: Properly Evaluating Security Risk, Reliability and Encumbrances
There’s a lot to consider when thinking about the new elevator emergency communication code requirements. Deciding to use your own network creates a long checklist and more work for you. Granting a third party vendor access to your network is an option but has risks. Here are a few things to consider when making your decision.
As part of Building Safety Month, we’re taking a look at some fundamental property crime statistics that all property managers should know, adding in some of our own crime prevention and crime response tips.
We have found as an emergency pool phone provider that there are multifamily communities unaware that their current pool phone service is actually using a deactivated cell phone. Depending on the authority having jurisdiction (AHJ), this often does not pass inspection for several reasons. This puts both property managers and their tenants at risk. Learn why.
Kings III equipment has been approved for the use of FirstNet, built by AT&T, which is a long-term evolution (LTE) network that gives first priority to first responders and other public safety personnel. Learn more here.