Swimming Pool Drowning Prevention Strategy and Tips
20 May Swimming Pool Drowning Prevention Strategy and Tips
Pool drowning prevention: Tips to prevent a tragedy around the water
With Summer officially on our doorstep, it’s time to remember that kids are drawn to open water like flies to a bug lamp. With nearly 6 million inground swimming pools in the United States, and 10 drownings occurring every day, it is important to have a good plan in place to prevent kids from encountering the potential for drowning. This post from WPTV.com addresses this issue head on with good strategies and tips to ensure that this harbinger of Summer, the swimming pool, doesn’t turn into a nightmare.
Here is an excerpt from the post:
Mario Santana, general manager of Protection One Security, says sixty percent of drownings happen in residential pools.
Santana says, “The biggest cause of pool drownings is unattended small children. Children unsupervised.. they get into the pool, they get exhausted ,and a tragedy happens after that.”
Santana suggests installing a four foot tall fence around your pool, to prevent kids from getting in when they’re not supposed to.
If you can afford to install them, he also suggests adding a security system with cameras that alerts you when someone has entered the pool area.
The Drowning Prevention Coalition of Palm Beach County suggests teaching your child how to swim at an early age.
Also, the Coalition advises pool owners to keep safety equipment readily available, like a life preserver.
Never leave a child unattended in water, even in a bathtub.
And have a designated “water watcher” who isn’t distracted when watching kids in the pool.
Santana says, “Always have somebody supervise the area who can take action. You want to control your area, you want to have somebody who can take immediate action.”