It’s Always A Good Time For Water Safety
19 Aug It’s Always A Good Time For Water Safety
From Kids Health
Most drownings occur in home swimming pools. Nearly 1,000 kids die each year from drowning, making it the second leading cause of accidental death of kids in America. The sad part about this statistic is that the overwhelming majority of these accidents are preventable. This post from Kids Health gives some great information about how to be vigilant about water safety while in the swimming pool, waterpark, pond, lake, or beach.
Here is an excerpt from the post:
At Home and at the Pool
Water safety precautions start in the home.
The bathroom is full of dangers for youngsters. Never leave a young child unattended in the bathroom, especially while bathing — even if the child appears to be well propped in a safety tub or bath ring. Put away all hair dryers and other electrical appliances to avoid the risk of electrocution.
Hot water can also be dangerous, particularly for kids younger than 5, who have thinner skin than older kids and adults, which means they burn more easily. Just 3 seconds of exposure to hot tap water that’s 140°F (60°C) can give a child a third-degree burn.
You can reduce the risk of scalding by turning the water heater thermostat in your home down to 120°F (49°C) and by always testing the water with your wrist or elbow before placing your child in the bath.
Outside the home, being aware can help prevent accidents. Find out where the water hazards in your neighborhood are. Who has a pool or water spa? Where are the retaining ponds or creeks that may attract kids? Tell neighbors who have pools that you have a young child and ask them to keep their gates locked.
Having a Pool at Home
Having a pool, pond, spa, or hot tub on your property is a tremendous responsibility when it comes to safety.
Hot tubs may feel great to adults, but kids can become dangerously overheated in them and can even drown — so it’s best not to let them use them at all. Having a fence (one that goes directly around the pool or spa) between the water and your house is the best safety investment you can make and will help prevent pool-related drownings.
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), fences should meet these standards:
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