At Michaels & Smolak, we’ve seen our share of drowning cases. Usually they involve children too young to know how to swim. In fact, besides car accidents, drowning is the leading cause of death for children under 12 years old.
Cars have seat belts, and there are helmets for bikes, but what is there to protect children and others from the dangers of drowning? Life jackets you say? What child wants to wear those bulky things on the beach or near the pool? Enter “Kingii“. It looks like a large bracelet. It sports a rectangular pouch loaded with carbon dioxide. It weighs less than five ounces and is about the size of a smartphone. It costs only $79. In trouble in the water? Just tug on the bracelet and – voila – a CO2 cartridge inflates a hidden orange flotation device. This device works well for both children and adults.
Check out this video to see how it works:
Another new tech device, aimed at children, called a iSwimband ($40), is also a great idea. It consists of a wireless sensor worn on the wrist or as a headband that pairs with the parent’s smartphone to sound an alarm when the toddler comes into contact with water or when a child stays submerged for too long (depending on the setting you choose).
These newly minted devices can’t replace old-school swimmer safety measures, like watching your child and the buddy system, but they do add an extra layer of protection that most people — especially parents — won’t want to miss out on. Don’t miss out!
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Michael G. Bersani, Esq.
Central NY Personal Injury Lawyer
Michaels & Smolak, P.C.