Given that drowning is the largest single cause of accidentals deaths in children under the age of 5, it is understandable how many people with young children are afraid of going near pools. Pool safety is a top priority and ensuring that adults are present to watch over kids at all times.
At Pool Safety Systems, we put swimming pool safety first. In addition to providing removable pool fences and pool covers designed for safety, we also educate and empower our customers so they can best protect their loved ones.
It is important to know that a drowning can happen very quickly - in the time it takes to answer a ringing phone (2 min or less). Survival requires immediate rescue and resuscitation even while the child is still in the water. Even seconds lost could result in brain damage, organ damage and death.
Here are recommended steps to keep your child safe around swimming pools:
- Installing Pool Safety Fences
While barriers themselves are not childproof, they do offer a layer of protection for a child who wanders away from supervision. They also give time for parents to locate children. The best preventative strategy involves a 3-pronged approach:
a) install a pool fence around the pool
Pool fences installed around the pool must be at least 4 feet high. Pool safety fences should have no footholds or handholds that could help a young child climb them. Pool fence gates also must be self-closing and self-latching. The gate should be well maintained and close and latch easily. The latch also must be out of a child’s reach.
b) add a door alarm for the house
If the house has doors leading to the pool, then these doors must have alarms with clear, loud audible sounds when a door is unexpectedly opened. In addition, make sure that your door alarm can be temporarily turned off by an adult for a single opening of the door by using a keypad or switch that is out of a child’s reach.
c) add a safety pool cover over the pool
Add safety pool covers over your swimming pools. All swimming pool covers must meet the ASTM pool cover standard that addresses labeling requirements and performance. Your safety pool covers must not retain water on the top side. Inspect your Pool Safety Cover periodically and check it for tears, spit seams and excessive wear and tear. If the covers show signs of age, we encourage you to have it inspected by a trained Pool Safety Specialist immediately.
- Teach babysitters and any caregivers about potential pool dangers to young children with an emphasis on constant supervision of children. Make sure they can swim and are familiar with using door alarms and latches.
- Never leave a child unsupervised near a pool.
- When you have a social event, make sure one adult is designated ‘water watcher’ who keeps an eye on all young children near the pool and prevents any pool accidents. You can alternate this role among adults.
- If a child is missing, always check the pool first. Remember that seconds count in preventing death or damage. Walk right up to the pool’s edge and scan the entire pool and the pool area.
- Do not allow a young child in the pool without an adult at any time. Even if a child has had swimming lessons, you may not leave a child alone. Do not use flotation devices as a substitute for supervision.
- Learn infant CPR or cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Babysitters and other caretakers, including grandparents and older siblings, should also know CPR.
- Keep rescue equipment by your pool along with a telephone and immediate access to key emergency numbers posted nearby.
- Remove any toys from the pool when they are not in use as young children are attracted to them and can accidentally fall into the pool in pursuit of them.
- Never keep your pool fence propped open.
Things happen - you get a phone call while you are outside watching the kids, or you run to answer the door, or there’s a disturbance or distraction. In just a few minutes or less, you have lost track of your child who may end up wandering into the pool, chasing after a ball or toy or accidentally falling in. You may not know which safety step saved your child’s life until you are in a harrowing situation but adding multiple safety steps creates a safer environment. It is much better to be prepared with the right equipment and safety measures in place so that you never have to place that 911 emergency call.
Use these tips above for swimming pool safety at your pool. For more information on installing pool covers and pool fences, our team of specialists at Pool Safety Systems is happy to assist you.
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