As the summertime rapidly approaches, and as there is at least some light at the end of the proverbial tunnel in regard to the coronavirus pandemic, pools of all types are expected to be operational soon (if not already). People from all walks of life will be enjoying the water, including children. If you’re the parent of children, if you have a pool at your home, or if you otherwise have access to a pool that children use, you need to be alert to what you can do to best protect children and keep them safe this summer. There are seven pool safety tips for parents with children (and others) that are crucial to bear in mind:
- Never leave children unattended in, at, or near a pool
- Teach children to swim
- Teach children to always stay away from drains
- Check and then double-check that drains are appropriately secure
- Keep a pool fenced, with a locking gate, and consider installing an entry alarm
- Learn CPR
- Remove portable pool ladders when not in use
Never Leave Children Unattended in, at, or near a pool
On the list of steps to take to protect children from drowning accidents and other types of aquatic accidents if to never leave children unattended in, at, or near a pool. Never!
Never leaving children unattended means more than letting a kid go to the pool alone. It means paying full attention to a child when at the pool, in the water or poolside. The sad (and shocking) reality is that every year children die by drowning because the supervising adult at a pool was diverted from watching a youngster for an extremely short period of time.
Teach Children to Swim
A comprehensive study by Harvard University concludes that children four years of age and older are capable of learning to swim because they have the essential cognitive abilities to sufficiently understand the process. With that said, the study does recommend that children between the ages of one and four can participate in swimming lessons.
The Harvard study reaches this conclusion for two primary reasons. First, some children do cognitively develop earlier than others. Second, even a child between one and four may be able to take learn certain skills that might be vital in an emergency, like maneuvering to the side of the pool if a toddler falls into the water.
Teach Children to Always Stay Away from Drains
Make it abundantly clear that a child should never go near a pool drain. With alarming frequency, children (and adults as well) get their foot or hand stuck in a pool drain and are unable to extricate themselves. Moreover, even with the assistance of another person, they might not be able to get free from a drain. The end result can be death by drowning.
Check and then Double-Check that Drains are Appropriately Secure
On a related note, if you own a pool or are responsible for one, check and then double-check that drains are appropriately secure. You will want to make such an inspection with regularity during the period of time the pool is operational and in use. What this translates to is that drain security should be confirmed at least weekly when a pool is in use.
Keep a Pool Fenced, with a Locking Gate, and Consider Installing an Entry Alarm
If you own a pool, or are responsible for one, install a fence that children cannot readily climb. Install a gate that cannot be opened without a key or other device. Consider installing an alarm that alerts if someone makes an unauthorized entry into the pool area.
If you own a pool, if you have children who will enjoy swimming this summer, or if you are responsible for a pool, learn CPR. (Any parent should learn CRP whether their children swim or not.)
If Tragedy Strikes
If someone you love is injured in or at a pool this summer, or if a member of your family loses his or her life in an aquatic accident or drowning accident, The Doan Law Firm is here for you. You can reach a Doan Law Firm drowning accident lawyer or aquatic accident lawyer any time of the day or night by calling us at (800) 349-0000. We can schedule an initial consultation with you at any one of our 40 offices located across the country, at your home, or even online via a virtual appointment. There is no charge for an initial consultation with a drowning accident lawyer or aquatic accident lawyer.
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