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Can You Spot The Drowning Child? [video]

What looks like an ordinary summer day with people having fun at a local pool is actually a life or death situation. Thanks to the trained eye and quick actions of a lifeguard, a 3-year-old girl is saved from drowning in a seemingly safe wave pool.

In this video, the child is struggling from the very beginning, although other swimmers who are within inches of her do not seem to notice. Would you have detected that she was drowning?

According to the CDC, there were 3,536 fatal unintentional, non-boating related drownings per year on average from 2005 to 2014. That comes out to approximately 10 drowning deaths every day. Twenty percent of those who die from drowning are children 14 and younger. It is the leading cause of death for children 1 to 4 years old and the second leading cause of death for people age 5 to 24. In addition, for every child who dies, five more are treated for submersion injuries.

Drowning deaths and injuries can be prevented. In most cases, drownings happen without much noise or excessive splashing. A drowning person is typically unable to call or signal for help. Knowing the signs to watch for can enable you to rescue a drowning child (or adult).

Be Present and Pay Attention

Watch your children without distractions: no phone, book, etc. A child can drown in as little as 20 seconds.

Watch Their Heads

A drowning person’s head will be low, with their mouth at water level. Eyes that are glassy, seem blank or remain closed are another sign.

child in pool photo
Flickr | BeautifulFreaks

Body Language Is Key

A drowning person will likely be vertical, may appear to climb an invisible ladder or try to swim without getting anywhere.

child in pool photo
Getty Images | Bruce Bennett

What to Do If You See Someone Drowning

If a child or adult is struggling in the water, call for help and get them out of the water immediately. If the person is not breathing, perform CPR while someone else calls 911. Seek medical attention even if the victim seems fine, as dry drowning is a serious concern.

lifeguard pool photo
Flickr | Offutt Air Force Base

[h/t: PopSugar]

This Is Why You Probably Need To Wash Your Bath Towels More Often

You only use your bath towel when you get out of the shower or tub. You are fresh and clean, so your towel should stay relatively hygienic too, right? Wrong. According to the unsettlingly informative video above, those “just damp” towels may be harboring much more than the water removed from your clean body. Here is what you need to know about how gross your bath towel might be.

Skin Cells

As you wipe away the water, you also slough off dead skin cells. While this might sound unappealing, this alone is not harmful. However, those cells serve as an inviting meal for microbes. In addition, bath towels are typically damp and warm, making them an ideal breeding ground for these microscopic organisms.

dry skin photo
Flickr | quinn.anya

Spreading Bacteria

Since most of these microbes came from your own body, they are not terribly harmful to you. If you use your bath towel to dry your face, though, you could spread bacteria, viruses and fungi from other parts of your body to your delicate facial skin, which can result in acne, boils or infections.

acne photo
Flickr | Saluda UdeA

Sharing More Than Towels

If you tend to share towels with your partner, children or others, things could get quite ugly. For instance, you can spread fungus such as athlete’s foot or even staph infections such as MRSA simply by swapping towels with family members.

If someone has an open wound or diminished immune system, this can be especially hazardous.

Flickr | Andreas

Bathroom Filth

Most people hang their used towels in the bathroom near the shower or tub, which is also in the general vicinity of the toilet. This, along with their use in drying bodies, makes bath towels likely to contain unsanitary bodily fluids, as well.

Photo by Micah Sittig
Photo by Micah Sittig
Photo by Micah Sittig

When To Wash

To avoid all of this ickiness, it is best to allow towels to dry completely between uses and wash them after no more than three uses. Along with a thorough wash, throwing bath towels in the dryer can help. Drying on high heat for at least 28 minutes is a highly effective way to disinfect your laundry.

RELATED: Here’s How Often You Should Wash All Your Clothes

washing towels photo
Flickr | Brett Blignaut