This past June, a 1-year-old toddler miraculously survived after falling into the backyard pool. The parents, having lost sight of him momentarily, ran out to the pool, where he lay at the bottom. The father immediately dove in and pulled the boy out, and after instructions from 911, the boy was revived.
The most frightening thing is the high likelihood of this happening; pool drownings are the leading cause of accidental death in children aged 1-4. The pool in the backyard, while inarguably beautiful and a cooling place for children to play in the summer, can pose extreme danger if not regarded as a true threat to safety. We’ve pulled together safety tips for your family’s summer fun in the pool– after you’ve taken a look at our post on how to prepare your pool, take the time to ensure that all possible safety measures are taken when around all pools.
- Never leave a child unattended in or near water: Even if the kids aren’t actually in the pool, it can only take a single moment of distraction for a child to fall into the pool. Assign an adult who knows how to swim as the official “water watcher”; they should not be reading, texting, or anything else that can take their eyes from the water. A phone should always be on hand in case of emergency.
- Teach children how to swim: Swim lessons are more than fun and useful– they are life-saving and essential. Local YMCA’s and other clubs offer free or reduced cost lessons. Enroll your child in swim lessons as soon as possible. And once they know how to swim and are in the pool…
- Teach children to stay away from drains and suctions outlets: Hair, bathing suits, limbs, and jewelry can get caught. Be sure to check drains and suction outlets for broken covers. These covers must be compliant to safety regulations, and can lead to serious injury or death, even for adults.
- Install proper barriers and alarms around your pool: A fence at least four feet high should surround the entire pool to prevent children on the property from wandering into the pool. In the case that the self-latching gate should not prevent a child from entering the pool area, the pool-to-house alarm will notify adults that someone has gone through the gate.
- Become CPR certified for children and adults: As a bystander, you will most likely be the first to provide aid to the drowning victim. Once you become certified, keep your certification up to date through the local Red Cross, hospitals, or community center.
Taking these important steps can be the difference between a carefree day in the sun, and a nightmarish tragedy. Apply these rules to any and all pools you and your family visit, and ensure that your children understand why these safety measures are in place. We hope the rest of your summer is safe and full of days in the pool. Take the pledge to Pool Safely here.
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