With COVID-19 a global concern, we have had to adapt to a new way of life. Wearing masks in public. Distance learning. Working from home full-time. Virtual summer camps. One of the bright spots to all of this social distancing is that we seem to be spending much more time at home with our families. For many, summertime usually involves spending time in water (either the ocean or a swimming pool). For kids under 5, drowning represents the #1 cause of unintentional deaths. So, it seems right that we discuss some pool safety tips for you to keep in mind before your kids jump into the water again.
Pool Safety Tips
First and foremost, never leave a child unsupervised in or around a pool. It takes only seconds for them to slip underwater and drown. Teach your children to swim as early as possible so they feel comfortable and secure in water.
Swimming pool drains present a drowning hazard for both children and adults. The suction can catch on your clothing or skin and keep you underwater. Tell children to stay away from these. And make sure that any pool or spa you use (private or public) has an intact cover over each drain.
Install safety barriers around your pool. A self-closing fence with a self-latching gate that completely surrounds all sides of your pool provides a nice safety barrier. But in addition, you should cover your pool with a sturdy material. Plastic pool covers can trap someone who may accidentally fall on it. Also, your spa needs a sturdy cover as well.
Finally, everyone in your Basking Ridge home should know CPR. This is a great tool to have in any emergency. But in the case of a potential drowning, it really comes in handy. Make sure you know how to perform it on children and adults. Keep your certification current by taking refresher courses every few months.
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