The end of summer is no time to forget pool safety, with many pools still open in warm weather states and indoor swim parks. Last summer at least 174 children drowned in swimming pools or spas, and of these 112 were children younger than age 5. Pool Safely is a national public education campaign run by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Prevention 1st has joined the Pool Safely Campaign Safety Community, which offers these simple steps to save lives:
- Always watch your children closely around pools, spas, and all bodies of water.
- Designate a Water Watcher to supervise children in the pool or spa. This person should not be reading, texting, using a smart phone or be otherwise distracted.
- Keep children away from pool drains, pipes and other openings to avoid entrapments.
- Make sure any pool and spa you use has drain covers that comply with federal safety standards, and if you do not know, ask your pool service provider about safe drain covers.
- Learn how to swim, and teach your child how to swim.
- Learn how to perform CPR on children and adults.