Pools are enjoyable during summer time, especially for kids. However, it can also be a dangerous place to be at for toddlers and smaller children. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), drowning is the leading cause of unintentional death for children ages 1-4.
Swimming Pool Safety News (dot) com, recently published a news report about a 3-year-old boy who nearly drowned in an apartment complex in Georgia. The little boy was able to access the pool through the main pool gate. Luckily, someone noticed the child and took him out of the pool. Another witness administered CPR while waiting for an emergency service. Thankfully, the child survived, however, he is in critical condition and still under recovery.
This incident is just one among the many devastating news stories about small children who drown. A near-drowning accident can happen especially during a moment of distraction. Applying prevention measures can go a long way in safeguarding any home from drowning incidents.
Here are 5 pool safety guidelines to help prevent drowning incidents.
- Secure swimming pools with the most suitable barriers. Life Saver recommends surrounding your pool with quality fences or barriers at least 4 ft high, with self-closing & self-latching gates. It is also advisable to install a pool alarm can immediately alert you if someone is near or in the pool.
- When the pool or hot tub is not in use, install a pool cover that can hold substantial weight. It is also important to remove any ladder or steps that can be used to access the pool.
- Do not allow any child to swim alone. Keep small children under active supervision at all times. Designate a responsible person to watch over kids when they are in the pool.
- For kids who are inexperienced swimmers, have them wear U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets.
- Ensure there is at least one person who knows how to respond to emergencies especially someone who knows how to perform CPR. It is recommended for homeowners who have swimming pools on Long Island, NY to take water safety and first aid courses.
If you have a pool at home, it is imperative to take proper safety precautions to keep young kids safe while in and around it. Life Saver Pool Fence of New York can help identify the most appropriate pool safety system for your home. We offer expert advice and tips regarding all aspects of pool safety fence and pool gate installations. Contact us for a free estimate and consultation. Call us at 516-766-5336.