Updated April 24, 2017
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As the temperature rises and water play becomes more of a daily event, pool safety becomes increasingly important.
Pool safety. Is your pool barrier safe? Does the gate to your pool fence lock? Is your family on board with pool rules? That’s just not enough. Drowning is the leading cause of unintentional death in children ages 1 to 4 years old. Drowning is the third leading cause of death among children. How do we protect our families from this silent killer? How do we make drowning prevention and pool safety a more important part of our lives?
Drowning Prevention and Pool Safety tips:
Experts agree the key to Pool Safety is remembering the ABC&D’s of drowning prevention.
- A: Always have a responsible Adult watching kids. Don’t just assume someone is watching. Designate an adult during an assigned time who is to do nothing but watch the pool. If you’re having a and concerning that isn’t possible, then hire a lifeguard who is responsible for the safety of swimmers.
- B: Put a barrier around your pool. A pool should have a fence that is at least 4′ tall with self-closing and self-latching gates.
- C: Classes. Classes should include CPR classes for adults and swimming lessons for children and adults. Having a pool at your home is a big responsibility and everyone should be prepared. A CPSC study conducted across three states looked at drowning deaths of children under 5 in home swimming pools, 69% of those children drowned while both parents were responsible for the child’s supervision, 65% died in a pools owned by family members.
- D: Purchase devices such as a pole to retrieve children and flotation devices including life jackets.
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