Summer Pool Safety Tips
The summer can be a wonderful time for kids. School is out and so is the sun. But summer can also be a dangerous time if children aren’t supervised around the pool. According to the Center for Disease Control, there are over 3,000 accidental fatal drownings in the United States each year – an average of nine people per day. The Insurance Information Institute reports that 600 of those drownings will occur in home pools. Drowning remains the second-leading cause of injury-related death for children 1 to 14.
What’s more, for every child under 14 that dies each year, another 5 have to receive emergency care for non-fatal submersion injuries. The oxygen deprivation in these non-fatal drownings can cause brain damage resulting in long-term disabilities that range from medical problems to learning disabilities to permanent vegetation.
Red Cross Safety Tips
The American Red Cross offers a number of safety tips to your home pool to keep children out of danger.
Never leave a child unattended around water. If the child is under the age of 5, they should never be out of arm’s reach.
Install a phone by the pool or have your cell phone nearby so you can call 911 in an emergency
Learn to swim. This includes adults and children. If a child is in danger in the deep end, the adult will need to be able to swim out to him/her to save the child.
Enclose the pool area completely with a self-locking and self-closing fence. Also, remove all furniture from the fence area that a child might use to climb over it.
Always keep basic lifesaving equipment – poles, ropes, or flotation devices – near the pool.
Keep toys away from the pool when you’re not using it. Toys can attract young children to the pool area.
Completely remove pool covers prior to use. Swimming in a half-covered pool can be extremely dangerous for children, who may choose to play under the covered half, out of your sight.
If a child is missing, always check the pool first.
These are just a few of the many things that you can do to keep your children and your neighbor’s children safe at your home pool. Have a safe and happy summer!
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