Jun 30 2010

Pool Safety Tips

A swimming pool can be very dangerous for children. If possible, do not put a swimming pool in your yard until your children are older than 5 years. Help protect your children from drowning by doing the following:

  • Never leave your children alone in or near the pool, even for a moment. An adult who knows CPR should actively supervise children at all times.
  • Practice touch supervision with children younger than 5 years. This means that the adult is within an arm's length of the child at all times.
  • You must put up a fence to separate your house from the pool. Most young children who drown in pools wander out of the house and fall into the pool. Install a fence at least 4 feet high around all 4 sides of the pool. This fence will completely separate the pool from the house and play area of the yard. Use gates that self-close and self-latch, with latches higher than your children's reach.
  • Keep rescue equipment (such as a shepherd's hook or life preserver) and a telephone by the pool.
  • Do not use air-filled "swimming aids" as a substitute for approved life vests.
  • Remove all toys from the pool after use so children aren't tempted to reach for them.
  • After the children are done swimming, secure the pool so they can't get back into it.
  • A power safety cover that meets the standards of the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) may add to the protection of your children but should not be used in place of the fence between your house and the pool. Even fencing around your pool and using a power safety cover will not prevent all drownings.

Remember, teaching your child how to swim DOES NOT mean your child is safe in water.

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6/30/2010 7:34:00 AM
Holly United States
Hi Guys, just a note- I work for a Neurosurgical office, and this time of year we have A LOT of patients who come into the E.R. because of pool and beach related accidents.  It is IMPERATIVE that everyone, kids & adults who enjoy these activities do so in the safest ways possible.  I have seen so many patients who were injured, PARALYZED, and even killed because of carelessness.  It is so sad, and breaks your heart that people go to pools and beaches to have fun with their friends and families and due to careless accidents, their lives are changed forever.  I recently had a patient who was pushed into a pool at a party by a friend (just a casual accident, something we have all done to a friend, or had done to us) and this young womans' life is now forever changed, she is completely paralyzed. Please tell all your listeners just how easy it is to be seriously injured or killed.  We have got to have fun in a safe way, and always have people watching out for us!  God Bless and watch over us all during these times of Fun in the Sun!  Thanks be to KLove!
6/30/2010 7:42:03 AM
chloe United States
i agree whith you  chloe age 10
6/30/2010 1:31:50 PM
Michele United States
I just wanted to add that a lot of drownings of young children occur during big gatherings.  In other words, someone thinks that another family member is watching the baby.  When you have parties with babies and young children around, please make sure someone is specifically designated to watch the kiddos!!
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