Pool safety for children is on our minds as the weather gets warmer and the days get longer. We all love to splash and play in and around the water. Our backyard friend is waiting for us to have fun. But, swimming pools are also a danger to families, especially those with small children. Safe swimming is important to us for your family, as well as our own.
Pool Safety for Children is Priority #1
We take safety precautions with our homes, with alarm systems and locks on doors and windows. Child-proofing cupboards, sharp corners, and electrical outlets are standard. But, is your pool and surrounding area safe for young children? Have you child-proofed and secured the splash zone in your backyard?
Child drowning statistics are staggering
Swimming pool drowning deaths are the number one cause of unintended fatalities in children ages 1 to 4 years old. 67% of swimming pool drowning deaths involve children younger than 3 years of age. The CDC reports that an average of 5 people who die from drowning are children 14 years and younger. And, for every child who dies from drowning, another five receive emergency department care for nonfatal submersion injuries.
We know that no one wants their child, or a child of a loved one, friend, or neighbor to wind up a statistic. Don’t worry though, Great White Pool and Spa have some Tips to help make your swimming pool and poolside a safe place for children of all ages, but especially the younger ones.
Top Tips for Pool Safety for Children
- Stay away from filters and drains. Drains and filters both create a suction that can entrap smaller people. It is imperative for children to stay away from both to avoid any kind of accidental entrapment or drowning.
- Never swim alone. Public pools and shared residential swimming areas, such as apartments, condos, and mobile home parks, enforce a no-children under 14 without an adult rule. Be sure to apply this to your backyard, as well. Though it is tempting to let your children splash around while you are in the house, not far away, it doesn’t take long for an accident to occur. Helping immediately is key, otherwise you might not make it out in time.
- Barrier gates around the pool. There are many options for barrier gates, including mesh fences, removable rubber or textile panels for homes where young kids (like grandchildren) visit but don’t live at, and other choices. Different price ranges, too.
- Pool Rules. Public pools post these, as well. Making, posting, and enforcing your own pool rules that include water safety is vital. Be sure to include“No Diving” and “No Running” immediately. You can also add some fun “rules” in the mix, like smiles are mandatory, or enjoy the splash zone.
- Swim lessons. Local public pools and the YMCA offer low-cost swim lessons for infants, toddlers, and young children. There are also swim schools, as well as services that will come to your own backyard to teach your young kids safe swimming.
These are just a few of our favorite tips for Pool Safety for Children. Start this Season off the right way and create a safer backyard for your children, grandchildren, and other small friends who will enjoy your beautiful pool this year. Great White is here to offer help, advice, and even more tips for a safe swim experience for everyone. Schedule a service visit today and we will check chemical levels, the status of all your pool equipment, and assess the poolside area to make sure it is working and safe. Call today.