BANGOR — So far, there have been eleven recorded drownings in the state of Maine just this year.
The Maine Warden Service has seen an increase in drownings in the state of Maine.
According to the U.S. consumer product safety commission, child drownings remain the leading cause of unintentional deaths among children ages one to four years old.
Dr. Jonathan Wood, a physician at Northern Light Medical Center, says there are a few things that people can do to prevent drownings.
Out of all of the drownings that occur in the United States, more than half of them are unsupervised and caregivers are reported not to be present on the scene.
“One swim lessons, two choosing their natural bodies of water carefully, three when you first jump into a natural body of water, go in feet first, a lot of drownings happen from spinal injury,” he said.
Wood also recommends being more mindful of leaving any type of water-filled container around the home.
“Very young kids drown in five-gallon buckets. Empty five-gallons buckets. Don’t leave five-gallon buckets full of water. Don’t leave coolers full of water. Don’t leave kiddie pools full of water,” he said.
Shawn Rich, aquatics manager at the YMCA, says some of the best prevention methods are learning how to perform CPR and taking swim lessons. There will be swim lessons and CPR classes held at the YMCA this summer. Click here for information.
“Don’t swim alone, if there is an adult present, make sure they are actively watching you,” he said.
The YMCA will offer swim lessons and CPR training courses this summer.
For more information and resources for parents, you can go to healthyacadia.org