Now that the weather has gotten warmer and most kids will soon be out of school for the summer, more and more people are probably spending tons of time at the pool. While visiting a neighborhood pool or backyard swimming party can be a great summer activity to beat the heat, it can also be incredibly dangerous. The leading cause of unintentional death for children between the ages of 1 and 4 is drowning, according to a report by Safe Kids Worldwide. Here are our top safety tips for keeping safe in the pool this summer.
Keep Only an Arm’s Length Away from Small Children at All Times
Smaller children can often have a harder time keeping their balance in the water. Even if they’re wearing a floatation vest, if they somehow tip forward in the water, it’s unlikely they have the strength required to right themselves. Because these accidents can often happen quickly and quietly, it’s always best to have a responsible adult at arm’s length from swimming children. Not only will it keep the adult focused on the child, but the adult can recognize a dangerous situation immediately and fix it.
Get Swimming Lessons
Every person should get swimming lessons at some point in their lives. If you’ve never been properly instructed on how to swim efficiently, you and your children can both attend swimming lessons. Learning how to swim can significantly lower the risk of drowning for anyone, especially children over the age of 1.
Have Safety Equipment Prepared
Proper pool equipment can help save lives. Most public pools will have a fiberglass shepherd’s crook, a life preserver, and a working phone. A first aid kit and an automated external defibrillator might also be required in case someone experiences sudden cardiac arrest.
Keep People from Running Around the Pool
Many premises liability suits have resulted from an unnecessarily slick surface and a slip-and-fall accident. However, falls can easily be prevented with a little care. If you have children, make sure they understand why they shouldn’t run around the pool. These areas are usually surrounded by concrete, which can be slippery when wet. Even adults can make this mistake, however. If you or your friends are having a party by the pool, take care when traveling close to the water, where people can easily lose their footing on the wet concrete.
Use a Sturdy Fence Around the Pool
Private pools typically have the backyard fence to keep animals and other people out of the pool. However, homeowners with pools may not have a fence completely surrounding just the pool, as they might not think it necessary. Many swimming accidents and drowning incidents can happen when a child manages to find his or her way into the backyard. If there is no fence surrounding the water, a child can easily fall in by accident.
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