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Published on June 11, 2015

Pool Safety

Pool safety, young boy in swimming pool

Pool safety, young boy in swimming poolEach year, far too many children drown or suffer pool-related injuries. Fortunately, most of these tragedies are preventable with adherence to proper safety measures.

According to a report by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, an average of 590 children under the age of 15 drown each year. Additionally, an average of 5,100 pool or spa related injuries lead to emergency room visits every year.

The best way to ensure child safety is to add as many water safety measures as possible. For infants and toddlers, an adult should be in the water and within arm’s reach at all times. For older children, there should be adult supervision without any distractions, such as talking on the phone, socializing or drinking alcohol.

In order to discourage young children from going near a pool, keep toys and electrical appliances away from the pool area. Also, don’t allow diving in the shallow end of a pool or running along the pool deck. And be sure to empty blow-up pools after each use.

Stay alert and practice these important water safety skills:

  • Teach children basic water safety tips
  • Learn to swim and teach children how to swim
  • Learn both adult and child CPR, and update those skills as needed
  • Always keep a close watch on children when in or near a pool
  • Keep children way from pool drains, pipes and other openings to avoid entrapments
  • Have your mobile phone close at hand at all times
  • Share safety instructions with family, friends and neighbors
  • If a child is missing, look in the pool or spa first

If you have a pool, make sure you install appropriate safety equipment, such as the following:

  • Install a fence that’s at least four feet tall around your pool and spa
  • Install a lockable safety cover on the spa
  • Install door alarms leading to any pool area
  • Ensure your pool and spa have compliant drain covers
  • Maintain pool and spa covers in good condition
  • If possible, use surface wave or underwater alarms

Even with all the precautions listed above, accidents can still happen. That’s why you should always be cautious any time small children are around a pool or spa.

And of course, don’t forget the sunscreen!

The information in Healthy Living Online is for educational purposes only.  It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice.  The reader should always consult his or her healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation, or if they have any questions regarding a medical condition or treatment plan.

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