With as many as 30% of all child deaths from unintentional injuries attributed to drowning according to the CDC, it is essential that you have proper measures in place for your child’s safety at home and when you travel for swimming pools and outdoor areas. When you have a child at home, pool safety becomes a top priority as accidents can be fatal. Children can drown very quickly in 2 minutes or less. Even when rescued, children who have almost drowned or experienced accidents in pools, can suffer from permanent brain and organ damage. It is therefore vital that you carefully plan for your child’s safety at home to avoid any life-threatening situations. With good planning and awareness, you can avoid any mishaps, injuries and fatalities.
Here are some preventative measures you can to protect your children and loved ones at home.
Create Pool Safety Standards
Whether it is your own swimming pool or your friend’s, be sure to have your own plan in place for pool safety before you bring your kids to these areas. Pool safety standards include basic awareness and common sense measures.
1) Know where pool safety equipment is located.
It is important that your pool safety equipment is easily accessible. This includes your lifesavers, coast guard life jackets and med kit. This also includes any pool safety equipment that you have installed such as a pool fence, safety pool cover and pool alarm.
2) Keep your med kit up to date.
Check it regularly to keep it stocked and up to date.
3) No diving and running around the pool.
Protect your kids by putting in safety measures like ‘no diving in the shallow end’ and ‘no running’ around the pool to avoid head injuries and other often fatal accidents.
4) Make sure that every kid going in and out of the pool is properly dressed.
This can include wearing a lifejacket or flotation device.
5) Never leave a child unattended or alone in the pool.
Even if your kid is a great swimmer, do not leave your child alone in the pool without an adult present.
6) Have an adult keep an eye on everyone in the pool at all times.
Make sure that whenever the pool is in use, that you have an adult present to supervise. It is vital to have someone present that can respond quickly.
7) Keep a telephone nearby at all times.
It should be easy to make an emergency 911 phone call in less than a minute at all times.
It is important that the adult in charge of watching kids in the pool is properly trained in pool safety standards. This includes knowing how to use pool safety equipment that you have in place such as pool fences and pool covers as well as preventative pool safety rules you have in place. The person who is put in charge must know to quickly turn any pool alarms on and off and be responsive, alert and be able to take charge quickly.
This person in charge as well as other adult must have appropriate training in infant CPR and other water safety measures. Ideally, train your kids in water safety, survival and emergency response with a trained swim instructor. The adult who is in charge of watching kids in the pool must know how to swim and be able to get in the pool quickly if needed to pull out a child or even a pet that accidentally falls in or is in a near drowning situation.
Use the Right Pool Safety Equipment.
Install the right pool safety equipment. Set up physical barriers such as pool safety fencesto keep both children and pets out of the pool. Your pool fence must be a minimum of 4 feet in height, well constructed and completely enclose the pool. Your pool fence should self-latch, meaning that it will close instantly behind you after you open it and thus keep any child away from wandering into the pool by accident. If you have a pool fence already installed, check that it is sturdy and does not have any holes or rust. Make sure to keep the area nearby clear of furniture that children could climb and use to get over your pool fence. Check your latches.
If you do not have a pool fence installed, it is advisable that you do to safeguard your kids and pets. Contact Pool Safety Systems. We can help measure your pool and custom fit a pool fence to meet your needs exactly.
For your pool itself, add a pool cover when you are not using the pool. This is not just for winter, but also during the year when you are not using the pool. This will help prevent accidents. If you have a pool cover already, check that it is durable and does not have any tears or holes. We can help you custom fit your pool with the right pool cover. We install pool covers as well so we can come out to your home to fit your pool.
Contact Pool Safety Systems to find out how we can help you set up and install the right pool fence and pool cover for your swimming pool.