Drowning Prevention Tips June 22 2014, 1 Comment

It's officially SUMMER and that means it's all about the pool.  Our friends at Swim Chem Sacramento www.SwimChemSac.com have some great tips to help you and your family have a safe and happy pool experience this summer.

  • Never take your eyes off a child when he or she is in or near any body of water, even for a second.
  • Don't rely on other people in the pool, barriers such as fences or walls, or your child's swimming knowledge.  There is no substitute for constant supervision
  • Keep toys, tricycles and other children's playthings out of the water and away from the pool or spa-
  • Don't consider your children to be "drown proof" because you enrolled them in swimming or "water proofing" classes
  • Don't rely on inflatable devices to keep your child afloat.  These are not substitutes for adult supervision
  • Drain standing water from the pool cover.  Remember that even a few inches of water can be hazardous, especially to curious young children.
  • Make sure doors leading to the pool or spa area are self-closing and self-latching, or are equipped with exit alarms, and are never propped open.  Gates should have self- closing, self- latching mechanisms.  Latches should be out of reach of young children and kept in proper working order.
  • Learn how to administer lifesaving techniques to children, including cardiopulmonary resuscitation ( CPR )
  • Keep a cordless phone in the pool or spa area and post emergency numbers in plain sight ( 911 ) and make sure everyone learns the numbers.
  • Don't assume your friends and relatives have taken the same safety precautions with their pools.  ASK!

You can get your kids in on keeping safe around the water by taking the family Pool Safety Pledge @ www.poolsafely.gov

Don't be afraid to be too cautious when it comes to pool safety.  Our family pool has one rule above all the rest that everyone knows- No One Swims Alone!  No exceptions.  Not teens, not adults.  No one.

Swim safe, swim happy.

Karen