Summer is just around the corner and we know this means lots of fun in, on or around water. Whether it’s a pool, the ocean, or even a bathtub, any body of water creates a risk for drowning. However, there are ways you can reduce the related risks. Here are some useful tips from the SAFER 3 initiative promoted by the Stop Drowning Now Water Safety Foundation.
Homeowners should install sensors on doors or windows that exit to a pool area, so people are alerted if someone heads in that direction.
Experts recommend isolation fencing at least four feet high, equipped with self-closing and latching gates.
Install compliant drain covers in your pool.
Never prop the gate to your pool open.
Constant Adult supervision is key to preventing an incident around the water. Designate an adult water watcher to monitor the pool area at all times.
Keep constant visual contact with children near water.
Flotation devices should never be used as a substitute for adult supervision.
Keep toys out of the pool when they’re not being used.
Kids must learn – as young as possible – swimming and basic safety skills.
Emergency response techniques save lives. Learn first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). You should also post CPR instructions by your pool or spa.
Keep a phone out by the pool at all times.
Have rescue equipment and a first aid kit poolside or by your spa.
We believe that swimming is a necessary life skill and an important part of any water safety program.Let’s all work on keeping our children safer around the water. We invite you to learn more about our lessons here.