Having a pool is a fantastic thing for the whole family and many Charlotte residents are enjoying time in swimming this summer. It is important to know some tips on pool safety, especially when children are joining us for a dip.
Children and Drowning Accidents Drowning accidents can happen in swimming pools. The highest rates of drowning deaths, according to the World Health Organization, are from ages one to four, followed from five to nine years old.
There is no such thing as total security when it comes to children and swimming pools. Several gadgets exist to help increase security in a pool, but nothing replaces the time needed to keep an eye on children while swimming. It is imperative that adults always supervise children near or in a pool.
Swimming Pool Safety Tips
Always Keep Children in Sight
A child can drown in 27 seconds, and serious consequences can happen in three to five minutes if not rescued immediately. Never leave young children in a pool unattended, even if it is only in a foot deep of water.
The 10/20 Norm The International Association for Child Safety recommends the “10/20 norm”. The “10/20 norm” means to check children every 10 seconds but do not take more than 20 seconds to reach them from drowning.
Avoid Distractions If the phone rings or answering the door is enough time for a child to drown in a pool, have another adult help supervise the kids. Be careful of stepping away, even for a moment.
Install a Safety Fence A safety fence is the best way to avoid an accident when the pool is not in use. It will make it difficult for children to jump over or sneak under. By installing safety fences, it can reduce drowning accidents by 95 percent.
Enroll Children in Swimming School Swimming lessons can help children and may be an effective way to avoid drowning. Although the American Association of Pediatrics recommends kids to learn at age four, some parents prefer to have their one-year-old kid enrolled in a swimming class. However, adults must supervise their children, regardless of how well they can swim.
False Sense of Security Floats, swim vests, and puddle jumpers can help to give a feel of security, but they cannot replace constant supervision from an adult.
No Toys Left in the Pool Do not leave toys near or inside the pool. It can be a bait for a child’s attention, tempting them to retrieve it from the water.
Know CPR The immediate effect of drowning is the lack of oxygen to the brain. Learning cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) helps to save anyone from having irreversible brain injuries. Call your local government agency and ask about a CPR course. In most cases, they offer them free of cost.
These security measures can reduce the risk of water accidents. Know pool safety measures and ensure a healthy and safe swim season for you and your family.