Do You Know Pool Safely?
Every year more than 800 children in the U.S. die as a result of drowning, most in residential pools. More than 1/2 of these children are preschool age, 0 to 4 years old. Even more tragically, up to 70% of these accidents occur while the child(ren) are in the care of one or both parents.
These Tips May Save a Life
- Always have a designated “water watcher” to supervise children of all ages.
- Never leave children alone near water inside or outside the house. Hazards include bathtubs, aquariums, mop buckets, ice chests or even toilets. Keep bathroom doors closed and secure toilet lids with locks.
- Never turn your back on an infant in a bath for even a moment. Make sure that all caregivers understand that all children require constant supervision near water.
- Make sure that toddlers can’t slip out of the house through pet doors or unlocked doors. If a child is missing, look in the pool or spa first.
- Properly install and maintain a fence at least four feet high surrounding all sides of the pool, along with a self-closing and self-latching gate. Use a gate latch that can be locked with a key and always lock the gate when the pool is not in use.
- Place alarms on all doors and windows with access to the pool area.
- Store water toys away from the water when not in use so they don’t attract a small child.
- Know how to swim. Teach your children to swim. Keep any child who doesn’t know how to swim within arm’s reach at all times.
- Be ready for emergencies. Keep a telephone within reach at all times and learn CPR.
- Find out if your child’s friends or neighbors have home pools and check for appropriate safety measures before allowing your child(ren) to visit.