This time of year I always get nervous when our pool gets opened. We have gates, locks and given our kids swim lessons, but the fear is always there. Children drowning in a pool is beyond comprehension. The statistics are staggering, according to WHO-World Health Organization, more than 25% of accidental deaths of children are due to drowning. Although drownings are not always in a pool, any open body of water are a place of danger. So the question is how can we prevent these tragedies. Here is a guideline to keep your children, or any child safe:
1. Never leave a child unattended in water ( baby pool especially). Its that simple. It only takes seconds.
2. Ensure that there are safety measures in place to protect your pool. Locked gates, fence and alarm. You can always check your regulations for your town or state. Also be aware of your neighbors. If they have pools or open water, be sure that your child is protected from entering that water.
3. Get your children swim lessons if you can. However no matter how strong a swimmer your child is, you still need to be watching your child.
4. Make sure that your child wears a floating device, but do not depend on that alone.
5. Be within arms reach of your child when in the water.
6. Learn CPR and First Aid
7. Set rules for your children around water, no running, going in water alone.
8. If you are at the beach, only swim with a lifeguard present and know the water conditions.
9. Always enter water feet first, no diving, unless you know it is safe.
10. Know how to swim. If you don’t you won’t be able to help a child. Learn to rescue safely. If you have a pool be sure to have a device to pull someone out.
When anyone is watching my children, grandparents, babysitters , the pool is off limits. If the kids are hot they can use the sprinkler. I also made my mom take CPR, and thankfully she was gracious enough to pacify her neurotic daughter. So have a safe summer, and don’t forget to put on sunscreen.