Between the heatwave this past week and Memorial Day next weekend, many homeowners are getting ready for the unofficial kick-off to the summer by prepping their grills and readying their pools. While the pool can be fun for the whole family, there are some significant risks that come with pool ownership. On average, over 3000 Americans die from non-boating related drownings and one out of 5 of those fatalities are children 14 younger. In fact, after birth defects drowning is the #1 cause of death for children between the ages of 1 and 4.
Here are a few simple steps you can take to help prevent accidents in your pool:
- Take swim lessons with your kids. Not only is it a fun time to bond with your child, studies have shown that children with even basic swim skills are at lower risk for accidental drowning.
- Learn CPR. If there is an accident, the sooner that person is helped, the better chance they have of surviving.
- Supervise kids when in and around the water. Preschool aged kids should always be within an arm’s length from whomever is watching them when water is involved.
- Drink responsibly. While relaxing in your backyard, you may not watch how much your drinking as closely as when you have to get behind the wheel. But don’t forget sitting out in the sun can intensify alcohol’s effects.
- Pool clean up. Make sure all pool toys are out of the pool and deck area when they’re not in use so children aren’t tempted to go out and play near the pool unsupervised.
- Install a 4-sided isolation fence (fence that goes around just the pool and deck separate). This can reduce the risk of an accident by over 80% versus a 3 sided fence the encompasses the entire property.
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