I don’t know about you, but drowning was and is probably one of my biggest fears for when my kids are not pool safe. My parents have a spa sized pool in their backyard, which the kids love. We started with swim lessons/swim safety as soon as the kids were old enough to do the lessons. The swim lessons that we participate in are the West Chester University lessons, which I am told is the largest swim lesson program on the East Coast. I highly recommend them! It only takes a second to look away and get sidetracked which is why it is so scary. I have some pool safety tips brought to you by www.poolfence.com.
- Never Leave a Child Unsupervised Around Water
Babies and children can drown in as little as one inch of water. Have your full attention on the child. Having 3 swimmers, you really have to be focused and can’t even engage in conversation. Don’t take an eye off!
Of the 69% of drownings that occur every year under parent supervision, 39% of adults were doing chores instead of watching the child, 18% were socializing with friends or other family members, and 9% were on their phones. Even if you turn your back for just a few seconds, it can be life or death for your little one.
- Lock Up Access to Pools
One of the very best ways to prevent a pool drowning is to lock up access and install alarms to any entrances to the pool. A Life Saver Pool Fence is four feet tall with self-closing, self-latching gates and is proven to save lives when installed properly. Alarms can also be installed on pool access doors in addition to using locks high up and out of the reach of children. It is even possible to install an alarm in the actual pool that will go off in case of an accidental immersion.
- Learn to Swim
Ensuring that your entire family knows how to swim well is an extremely effective drowning prevention measure you can take. Babies can start learning to swim, with the assistance of a parent, as soon as they can hold up their own heads. Anyone, baby, child, or adult who is not an experienced swimmer, should wear or use a pool safety floatation device. Love the WCU program for this.
- Be Prepared for an Emergency
A child can drown in a matter of seconds. In case of an emergency situation, you can better their chances for survival if you take life saving courses like CPR or basic first aid. If possible, have your whole family take one of these courses, or even better, become certified. Teach children about pool safety at an early age and what to do in case of an emergency. Also make sure there is a telephone close by to your pool for quick access to 911. As a former lifeguard and coach, I was always certified in CPR, and I think it’s a great idea for parents to get certified.
- Be Drain Cover Compliant
Oh my gosh – growing up, I was deathly afraid of drains. As a swimmer, I have all the programs and wrote down the “drain lanes.” I was absolutely terrified of them and they still kind of freak me out today.
Avoid tragedy by drain entrapment and make sure there are no broken or damaged drain covers in your pool or spa. The suction from a drain can pull in jewelry, hair, and bathing suits, which may cause drowning if the wearer of these items cannot break free. Ensure your pool or spa drain covers are compliant with the Pool and Spa Safety Act and keep your family safe from harm.
Practice pool safety and teach it to your kids!