Summer is nearly officially here! When you think of summer, you likely think of sunshine, fun, and a generally enjoyable time spent with family and friends.
However, during summer the pool and beach are nearly irresistible, and there's a big danger you may not be aware of associated with these fun summertime activities.
While many of us are aware of the dangers of swimming and possible drowning, there are a few types of drowning situations which are less common but can still be fatal.
We've all seen the movies, and often Hollywood gets it way wrong (go figure!) In reality, most cases of drowning aren't people flailing about wildly but rather are most often subtle, quick, and silent.
In some extremely rare cases, drowning can happen even hours after you've gotten out of the pool or left the beach; when this happens, it's called secondary drowning.
Secondary drowning is most common when a victim has been submerged underwater, came out, seemed fine initially, but suffered from damage to the lining of the lungs caused while submerged which allowed fluid to continue to accumulate.
Read more about drowning and the different types, tips to help stay protected, and more on the CDC's web page about drowning here.
It is my job to help keep you informed and insured so you can always keep the things that matter most safe.
Please feel free to forward this message to your family and friends so they too are aware of this little known but dangerous issue.
I hope you have a fun, safe summer!