The summer months are here and it’s time to get the pools ready. However, it’s also a good time to remember some pool safety tips that keep you and your loved ones free from potential harm. Every year, roughly 3,960 people die because of unintentional drownings. That’s an average of 11 drowning deaths per day. There’s another 8,000+ non-fatal drownings.
Drowning accidents can cause long-term or fatal damages, so it’s imperative that you know how to stay safe. In fact, drowning causes more fatalities in children ages 1 to 4 than any other incident aside from birth defects. Here are some tips to help keep you and your loved ones safe.
Keep an Eye On Children
Young children are particularly at risk as they’re just learning how to swim. Never leave them unattended in the pool or even nearby. While you have the chance, teach your children to swim or ensure that they have the proper floatation device to prevent possible drowning accidents. Don’t rely on these floatation devices to keep your child completely safe, and ensure you still watch them closely.
Maintain the Pool and Its Surroundings
Every bit of the pool and the area around it should be well-maintained for safety. Make sure all gates are intact and can lock, cover drains and pool equipment, and make sure there are no trouble areas where you or someone else may slip and fall.
Remember, the side of the pool can get slippery in no time. Running increases the chance of losing your footing and falling to the floor. One of the most severe situations occurs if someone slips and falls, hits their head, and cannot save themselves if they fall into the pool.
Learn CPR If You Can
If you own a home with a pool, it’s never a bad idea to know CPR. You can step in and save someone if something goes wrong. Make sure that, if you learn CPR, you know how to perform it on adults and children as they differ slightly.
Scott Law Firm is a proud sponsor of Infant Swimming Resource. We encourage you and your family to know all about staying safe when by a pool. Knowing what to do and avoid can help save a life.