Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Keep Kids Safe Around Swimming Pools

Each year about 250 children under the age of 5 drown in swimming pools, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). If you own a pool, install physical barriers, such as a fence or wall, at least 4 feet high completely around it. Be sure that the gates are self-closing and self-latching, and position latches so that they are out of reach of small children. Many children wear swimmies or other floatation devices in the pool, yet those can never replace adult supervision. Also, do not assume that young children cannot drown because they have had swimming lessons.

Remove toys from in and around the pool when it is not in use, as toys can attract young children to the pool. If a child is missing, always look first in the pool. Seconds count! Keep rescue equipment and a phone by the pool, and learn CPR in case of an emergency.

1 comment:

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