Pool Safety Tips
The Importance of Pool Safety
Summertime and pool season are in full swing! And while taking a dip is a great way to cool off from the summer heat, don’t take pool safety lightly. Before your family takes a dip, check out these pool safety tips to make sure this summer is all about fun in the sun and not an avoidable disaster.
Drowning is the leading cause of unintentional death in children ages 1-4.Nearly 400 children die and another 5,400 are injured each year because of a pool or spa. According to the CPSC, drowning rates remain consistent in 2018 from previous years. Don’t become a statistic! When it comes to pool safety, just think ABC:
Pool Safety Tips: Know Your ABCs
Children should always be supervised by an attentive adult when in or around a pool or spa. When it comes to pools, being at home can provide a false sense of security. Always designate a Water Watcher to be responsible for keeping an eye on the pool. The adult should be equipped with a whistle or other signal of importance to help designate responsibility.
Having self-closing and self-latching gates around a pool or spa can greatly reduce accidental access to the pool. A fence surrounding the pool should be at least four feet tall, and should not be climbable. Pool covers are another great barrier than can prevent unintended entry, and door alarms near the pool area can help alert you to anyone approaching the pool.
Swim classes and CPR classes are crucial. If you, someone you know or your children don’t know how to swim, classes are a great first step to safety. Classes will help you develop skills to survive and thrive in the water, as well as instill the importance of avoiding pool drains, which are one of the top dangers related to a pool. To be prepared for an emergency situation, take CPR classes before using the pool or taking on the role of Water Watcher. CPR classes are easy to enroll in and are often available a the local YMCA.
Visit PoolSafely.gov to learn more about pool safety.