How to Avoid A Pool Emergency

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, drowning is one of the top causes of unintentional death in the United States, with children being the most at risk. We’ve compiled a list of tips to help you prepare for the summer so you can keep your kids safe.

Supervision

It is easy to assume that since there are dozens of adults around a pool area that there’s someone watching the kids at all times, but this is not always true. In some drowning cases, kids end up in the pool not because no adult was around to stop them but because no adult was paying attention to the pool area. This is why it is incredibly important that you maintain constant supervision over kids, especially when you’re near a water area like a pool.

Pools aren’t the only areas that children can run into problems with water. You also need to be on the lookout for water features, ponds, fountains, and streams running through the yard.

Preparation

The best way to avoid any accident is to prepare for it. If your home has a pool, jacuzzi or pond on its premises start by setting a gate up around it, or a cover that will lock so kids can’t find their way inside. Additionally, if you are hosting a party at your home, whether swimming is allowed or not, you should have a lifeguard on duty at all times.

Education

Teaching your kids to swim or at least how to stay afloat and stay calm in pool situations is an invaluable lesson. The Red Cross offers lessons, but there are many other places that you could enroll your children.

Educating yourself on proper first aid care, CPR, and other life-saving techniques could be the difference between life and death for many. The Los Angeles County Fire Department Foundation supports and offers various classes dedicated to life safety, including hands-only CPR, and summer water safety.

Contact us today to learn more about the classes and resources that are available to you so you can keep your family safe all summer long.

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