Swimming Pool Safety Tips Parents Need To Know
With scorching summer temperatures, a day swimming at the pool can be a great way to cool off from the heat, relax and make fun summer memories. Yet, it is important to take swimming safety seriously and understand the risks to keep your children safe. We want to help ensure a day at the pool doesn’t turn into a tragedy.
Many people may not realize the risks of drowning, especially among young children. According to the National Safety Council, drowning is the second-leading cause of death among 1-4-year-olds, surpassed only by birth injuries.
What may be even more alarming is that the majority of these tragic accidents occur at home swimming pools.
Drowning Statistics You Need to Know
- One in five people who die from drowning are age 14 and younger.
- Nearly 250 children under the age of five are killed in drowning accidents each year.
- 88% of child drowning victims surveyed were under supervision at the time of the accident.
- The majority of deaths occurred in children who were out of sight for less than five minutes.
What Parents Can Do to Keep their Children Safe in the Pool
What can you do to help keep your children and others safe? Let’s take a closer look at these critical safety tips:
- Always Supervise Children – Never leave children unattended in the pool, and be sure to be very close in case you must jump in.
- Never Be Distracted – Avoid talking on the phone, reading or drinking alcohol while watching children, you want to be alert and focused.
- Take Children to Lessons – Enroll your child in swimming lessons to help them learn how to swim properly and develop their skills.
- Have Children Wear Lifejackets – Make sure children wear lifejackets or flotation devices when in the pool.
- Lay Down Rules – Teach children to never run near a pool, avoid jumping or roughhousing with other children and to never hold someone underwater.
- Learn CPR – Learning CPR and other safety techniques can be critical to help save someone while waiting for paramedics to arrive.
- Build a Fence – Ensure a 4-sided fence is installed to block the pool from the remainder of the property.
If your children are going to a friend or family member’s pool, it is a good idea to come along to help supervise or speak to the responsible adult who will be watching the children to discuss safety.
We hope that by following these safety tips and taking extra precautions, everyone can enjoy swimming safely this summer.
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