Preventing Kids from Drowning
With spring and summer back in the South Florida area, it’s time to remember to keep kids safe when it comes to swimming pools and hot tubs. There’s plenty of things you can do to prevent accidents from happening. If you’re a homeowner with a pool, it’s also your responsibility to ensure everyone’s safety including intruders. In this week’s blog, we point out some important things to keep in mind for drowning prevention.
According to an article found in the Herald Tribune, they had almost 26 drownings and near-drowning cases last year under the age of 5. With that information in mind, it’s vital to be sure to keep our kids safe.
First, you’ll want to make sure that gates and pool enclosures are working properly. If you have alarms installed on your pool gate, then be sure to test it each year. Make the month of April your month to do this type of maintenance, and you’ll be assured throughout the rest of the year.
Next, when the pool is not in use, consider investing in an automatic pool cover that’s enclosed and sealed to prevent little swimmers from falling in unexpectedly. With many of the manufactured designs on the market today, you can walk on top of these covers without falling in and creating a disaster. We highly recommend them, and you can find them by doing an online search. Be sure to install them correctly, and you’re ready to go without having paramedics showing up.
After you’ve taken the necessary precautions for securing the pool, be sure everyone who is responsible can administer CPR. Contact your local government offices and hospitals to find out when the classes are available. We highly advise anyone with a pool on their property has at least one person who is certified with CPR training. Taking these necessary precautions is imperative.
In addition to CPR training, be sure to keep lots of life-preservers and other lifesaving equipment that is easily accessible next to your pool. Another vital piece of advice, be sure everyone has had swimming lessons.
By taking all these measures, you’ll be able to enjoy your swimming season more without stressing over the possibilities of disaster.
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