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I can’t say it enough – You need to be vigilant when it comes to pool safety. Take precautions. Be observant,. Be proactive. Here’s another article I came across about pool safety. If being around a pool is new for you this is great information. If you’re a longtime pool user it doesn’t hurt to review. Let’s be safe around pools this summer!
Learn how simple safety steps save lives in and around pools and spas.
Parents and families can build on their current safety systems at pools and spas by adopting additional water safety steps. Adding as many proven water safety steps as possible is the best way to assure a safe and fun experience, because you can never know which one might save a child’s life—until it does.
Staying Close, Being Alert and Watching Children in and Around the Pool
- Never leave a child unattended in a pool or spa and always watch your child when he or she is in or near water
- Teach children basic water safety tips
- Keep children away from pool drains, pipes and other openings to avoid entrapments
- Have a telephone close by when you or your family is using a pool or spa
- If a child is missing, look for him or her in the pool or spa first
- Share safety instructions with family, friends and neighbors
Summer has officially started. The temperature is starting to rise. Kids are out of school and antsy. Swimming in a pool is great fun and a wonderful way to spend a summer day. I just read an article about pool safety and thought I’d pass along the important points.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, between 2005 to 2009, an average of 3,880 people – more than 10 a day – died yearly by drowning. An estimated 5,789 people were treated in emergency rooms each year for near-fatal drowning.
Tips To Keep Kids Safe
- Lock pools and spasbehind a four-sided, four-foot fence with self-closing gates.
- Make sure pools and spas have compliant anti-entrapment drain covers and back-up devices.
- Be mindful that inflatable or portable pools can pose a drowning risk.
- Designate a “water watcher,” a responsible adult who is not distracted by phone calls, text messages, reading or talking to others.
- supervise children even if they know how to swim.
- Keep a phone near and use it only to call for help in an emergency.
- If a child is missing, check the water first.
- Learn how to swim.
- Never use swimming toys in place of U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets.
- Learn CPR and know how to use rescue equipment pin an emergency.
- Teach children water safety rules such as never swim alone or play near pool or spa drains.
These are great interactive games to teach kids about pool safety. Here’s the link. Have some fun and teach kids at the same time – what could be better?!