Adults need to stay with children when they are in or around the water. DO not read, use a cell phone or leave children to go someplace else.
Active adult supervision is a vital element of keeping kids safe at pools and beaches in the summer. One of the most common underlying reasons why a child drowns at a pool or beach is because an assigned adult supervisor is somehow distracted and not fully paying attention to the children in his or her charge. The grim reality is that a lifeguard or other supervising adult that is distracted even for a matter of seconds can result in a child drowning.
Important steps to take to reduce the risk of a child drowning.
- Pool Barriers: Pool barriers need to include fences of an appropriate height and of a composition that cannot be easily compromised. Install 4-sided fencing that separates the pool area from the home and yard. The fence should be at least 4 feet high but highly recommended to be as high as eight feet. Use self-closing and self-latching gates that open outward.
- Gate Alarms: A locking gate is fairly self-explanatory but a gate itself is not the only element of a pool area that needs to be alarmed. An alarm system must include a motion sensor around the deck that will activate an alarm if a child (or anyone else, for that matter) somehow enters the immediate area of the pool.
- Swimming lessons: The sooner a child learns to swim and can manage themselves in the water, the better. It is important to keep in mind, however, that children develop at different rates so be patient with them and support their swimming education as soon as they’re ready.
- Learning CPR and First Aid: Learning CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) and First Aid are two of the smartest things you can do as a pool owner, parent, and frankly, everyone. It’s unthinkable that something so scary could happen in your pool, but if it does, being prepared can truly save someone’s life.