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Author Topic: Paramedic's Corner: Turn around, don't drown!  (Read 2339 times)

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Offline darrellmaurina

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Paramedic's Corner: Turn around, don't drown!
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It seems unbelievable, doesnít it? We greatly fear tornadoes and hurricanes, and rightly so, but the truth is more people die from water each year. The 30-year average is 99 people die each year of floods, 61 die due to lightning, 54 die due to tornadoes, and 49 die due to hurricanes per year. The Centers for Disease (CDC) record for us that over half of these flood-related drownings occur when a vehicle is driven into hazardous flood water. The next highest cause of death from flooding is people walking into or near flood waters. Why do people do it? Why take the risk of a horrible death? It seems drivers are often tempted by a shortcut, or they donít want to turn around. Or perhaps they just have a lapse of good judgment. Read More on Pulaski County Daily ...

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Re: Paramedic's Corner: Turn around, don't drown!
« Reply #1 on: March 22, 2009, 02:29:47 PM »
Great article~ you would be amazed at the number of people that dont' know this~ including teen age drivers~ I read this awhile back and thought I would ask my kids this question, if there is water across the road do you drive thru it or turn around? They actually thought "well u drive thru it right"? NO NO NO!! Parents need to tell their kids these things~ just common things, they don't know!!! And also what to do when in a wreck, just common things, some kids just don't know! keep up the articles Gary!  :{:{:

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Re: Paramedic's Corner: Turn around, don't drown!
« Reply #2 on: March 22, 2009, 03:48:24 PM »
Thank you so much Kristi. You are right, people, and kids just don't know of the many dangers out there. I have often said it is too bad there is not a way that we could take kids on ambulance calls to see the reality of so many things. The sights and smells of people crushed in a car from drinking and driving, the drug ODs, etc., etc. That and an EMT program in the school, taught by a good instructor with a lot of street knowledge; not some teacher who has never experienced these things, might save a lot of tragedy. Again, thank you for reading Paramedic's Corner, and your comments.
 
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