Drowning Prevention


Drowning is very difficult to detect.  It is quiet, it happens fast, and a child can look like they are swimming under water. 
Statistics
  • 7 people drowned in Spokane County in 2010.   Every year, 700 children drown in pools and beaches in the U.S.  Teach others water safety in lakes, rivers, swimming pools, hot tubs, and bath tubs.  http://spokanecounty.org/medexaminer

  • Accidental drowning is the leading cause of death among children 4 and under, and the 2nd leading cause for children under 15.   (CDC, CBS This Morning News, Aug. 1, 2014)


What You Can Do
  • Drowning is quiet, it happens fast, and a child can look like they are swimming under water. 

    iswimband is a wearable headband
    which can detect potential drowning.  The sensor detects when it has been submerged too long, and sounds an alarm on a smartphone or iPad.  The headband alarms after 20 seconds of straight submersion.   For non swimmers, the iswimband is worn on as a wrist band by anyone who should not be in the warm.  The wrist band alarm sounds in 3 seconds.  is also useful for the elderly or people with disabilities.  The iswimband is another level of protection, and should not be used as a replacement for vigilant supervision.  The iswimband has an effective range of about 100 and in 2014 the cost is $99.  (Safe and Sound, New app uses alarm to reduce child drowning risk, CBS Morning News, August 1, 2014)