Swimming is a popular recreational activity for children and adults during the summer months. Whether at a swim club, public pool or private pool, parents need to be alert when their children are near or in the pool.
According to the U.S. Consumer Safety Product Commission (CPSC), a report compiled by USA Swimming revealed that 72 children younger than the age of 15 across the United States have tragically drowned in a swimming poor or spa this summer since Memorial Day. *Source: www.cpsc.gov
CPSC also reports that nearly 400 children under the age of 5 drown in a pool each year, with 75% of those incidents involving children younger than 5. According to the CPSC, below are populations most at risk of drowning:
Drowning and pool related accidents and injuries such as near-drowning and entrapment can be avoided. Below are some safety tips parents can follow to avoid pool related accidents.
1. Never Leave A Child Unsupervised In Or Near A Pool
Parents should never leave their children unsupervised in or near a pool. Parents should designate someone to watch their children carefully.
I often see parents sit around the pool talking to their friends while their children are in the pool and not paying attention to their children. In many swim clubs, there are multiple pools. The children may leave one pool and go to another. Their parents are often unaware of where their children went because they were socializing.
The other thing I see often is that parents who are "watching" their children checking their smartphones or reading books. This is not proper supervision because the parents are distracted. Accidents happen in mere seconds, and it is important to have parents' undivided attention watching their children.
2. Keep Children Away From Pool Drains & Other Openings To Avoid Entrapments
In many baby pools, kids are allowed to bring toys into the pools. However, a toy may get trapped in a pool drain, and a child may try to retrieve the toy. The child's hand may get stuck or sucked in causing a hand or arm injury.
Talk to and educate your children about the dangers of pool drains and openings.
3. Make Sure Public Pools Have Drain Covers
Public pools are required to have anti-entrapment drain covers pursuant to federal law. If you don't know what you are looking for, ask the staff at the pool whether they have covers that comply with federal standards.
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