Archive for the ‘Pool Safety Tips’ Category
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.