To ensure a fun and safe pool experience this summer, it is important that parents build their current safety practices by remaining alert and staying close by, when their child is in both community and personal pools. Before you allow your child to jump in, be aware that drowning is the third leading cause of death among children.
Here are some suggestions on ways to prevent any accidents from happening around your pool:
- Try to remember not to keep toys near pool while it is unoccupied
- It is recommend to keep bicycles and other riding toys away from the pool
- Understand that it is dangerous for children to run on the pool deck
- Consider only diving into pools that have been determined to be deep enough for diving
- Designate a responsible person to keep an eye on those who are in the pool
- If a child or infant is missing, it is a smart idea to check the pool first
Start slow with babies. Around 6 months old is when it is generally accepted to be a good time to start introducing them to water. Be sure to always use waterproof diapers, and change them often.
Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
Although it is beneficial to just about everyone, learning CPR as a parent will give you a piece of mind and help you be a better parent. CPR training is offered at many places, such as fire departments, hospitals, and recreation departments. Having your children learn CPR is an added bonus, and will benefit them their entire life.
Although many people believe that they know how to dive properly, often times, the average person hasn’t been trained by a professional. One suggestion is to think about enrolling your children in classes that will teach them how to dive safely.
It’s important to note that you should never dive into above-ground pools, or through toys that are in the pool. Surprisingly enough, the majority of injuries happen in the shallow end. Another important safety measure is to always dive with your feet in first, especially if it is your first time in that pool. You may not be able to determine how shallow it really is.
The safest fences are the ones that surround all 4 sides of the pool, and are at least 4 feet high. It should completely separate the pool from the house and the yard. Make sure that the fence does not have any openings – even small ones, as a young child could potentially fit through it.
Myth 1: I’ve seen many people dive into water that is only 3 feet deep and they do not get injured, therefore it is fine for me to do the same.
Fact: Fortunately, most people who dive into shallow water are not injured. However, it is common for the person to hit their head on the bottom of the pool. Many people believe that just because others aren’t usually injured, or because they have done it before, it won’t happen to them. Unfortunately, over 1,000 people each year are seriously injured from diving into shallow water.
Myth 2: Everyone knows that it is very possible that they can suffer spinal cord injuries and break their neck by diving into shallow water.
Fact: Most people do not know that it is extremely dangerous to dive into a pool that is less than 5 feet deep. Many are aware that they can hit the bottom, but do not think twice about the possible serious injuries that they could suffer, because it has never happened to them before.
Myth 3: Diving is easy, and everyone knows how to do it.
Fact: Diving is not easy in the way that there are extremely complex laws of physics that are unknown by both scientist and especially a recreational swimmer. For an average recreational swimmer, your body is completely out of control once it leaves the diving area.
As a pool owner, it’s important to have the proper coverage in place, as you are liable for injuries that may occur to others. Call us today to review your coverage and help answer any questions you may have on your liability surrounding your pool.