by Mr. Baby Proofer | Jan 4, 2017 | 0 comments
Swimming pools account for too many preventable accidents each year. The numbers are devastating, so education and awareness is key. Parents and families can build on their current safety systems at pools and spas by adding simple water safety steps. Layers of protection is the best way to stay safe as you can never know which one might save a child’s life…until it does
Being Alert and Watching Children in and Around the Pool
Never leave a child unattended in a pool or spa and always watch your child when he or she is in or near the water.
Teach children basic water safety tips.
Have a telephone close by when you or your family is using a pool or spa.
If a child is missing, look for him or her in the pool or spa first.
Share safety instructions with family, friends and neighbors.
Learning and Practicing Water Safety Skills
Learn how to swim and teach your child how to swim as soon as possible.
Learn to perform CPR on children and adults and update those skills regularly.
Understand the basics of life-saving so that you can assist in a pool emergency.
Keep quick reference emergency numbers and CPR guided by the pool.
Having the Appropriate Equipment for your Pool or Spa
Install a four foot or taller safety fence around the pool and spa and use self closing and self latching gates; ask your neighbors to do the same at their pools.
Install and use a lockable safety cover on your spa.
If your house serves as a fourth side of a fence around a pool, install door alarms and always use them. For additional protection, install window guards on windows facing pool or spas.
Install door locks on all doors leading out to your pool.
Install pool and gate alarms to alert you when children go near the water.
Maintain pool and spa covers in good working order.Consider using a surface wave or underwater alarm.
By following simple steps, increasing your awareness through education you and your family can enjoy a safe and fun water experience summer in and summer out.