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Pool Safety – What You Must Know

I’m Ed Smith, a Folsom personal injury lawyer. Everyone loves the idea of going to the pool in the summer with the kids or simply relaxing in a hot tub or spa. But most people have no idea that each and every year in the United States more than 200 children lose their lives by drowning in pools and spas.

Every one of these drowning deaths is a needless loss of life and could have been prevented. Here is the information you need to keep your children and the children in your care safe:

Teach Your Child To Swim

First of all, make sure all of the children in your household know how to swim. Get them enrolled into swim programs appropriate to their ages. You can locate programs in your area by calling the American Red Cross. These programs should also include teaching your children basic safety skills and appropriate behavior while in and around the water, how to safely enter and exit the pool, as well as teach them how to swim.

Supervision Is Key!

Always, always closely supervise your children when they are in or around the water. This means actively monitoring their behavior as well as observing them at all times. Young children should be kept within an arm’s length of a responsible adult. A child can get in trouble and drown or suffer near drowning much quicker than you might realize. Very young children and those who do not swim well should wear a life jacket approved by the U.S. Coast Guard.

Rules, Rules, Rules

While some parents worry about too many rules today, rules around the pool need to be strictly enforced. You need to have clear rules when your children are at the pool and enforce them. No running, no diving, never swim alone but swim with a buddy are good examples. Also make sure your children know not to go near drain covers as they could be trapped underwater by suction.

Create A Barrier To Entry

Make sure your pool is not accessible to children when unsupervised. Surround the pool with a fence that is at least 4 feet high and has a gate that closes by itself and is self-latching. Consider installing a pool alarm which will sound when someone enters the water. Place a safety cover over your pool and spa when they are not in use. A number of different safety covers will either allow a child to get out of the pool area or will support a child for a period of time- preventing them from going in the water.

CPR and Water Safety Courses

Enroll all adults and teens in the household in CPR and water safety courses given by your local Red Cross. Rehearse with them what to do should a pool emergency occur.

Following the advice given in these tips can significantly reduce the chance of accidental drowning. They are easy to implement and can make time at the pool with your children enjoyable and safe.

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