Memorial Day weekend is always an exciting time as for many it begins the summer season. So as summer begins, it is extremely important to focus on swimming pool safety to make sure that children stay safe all summer long.
According to the Riverside County Department of Health, there were approximately 100 incidents of drowning in Riverside County in 2009. That number is much too high for Riverside County as drowning is preventable.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) puts forth guidelines that all Riverside County residents should become familiar with and implement to ensure safety. The CPSC recommends that pool owners adopt water safety steps to prevent children from getting into water when there is no adult supervision.
Answering the following questions will help you to evaluate the effectiveness of your water safety measures and to determine what steps need to be taken to prevent drowning injuries.
Is there a fence around the perimeter of your pool or spa?
Are there self-closing and self-latching gates?
Are there door, gate, or pool alarms in use?
Does your pool have anti-entrapment drain covers that protect swimmers?
Are all pool and spa covers in working order?
Has someone in the family received CPR training?
Has everyone learned to swim?
If you own a pool or jacuzzi, your answer to all of the above questions must be “yes”. It is extremely important to understand that a child can drown in the time it takes to answer a telephone. Listed below are safety tips that you can adopt in order to make your pool or spa safe for children:
1. Always watch your children when they are in or near a pool or spa.
2. Teach your children basic water safety tips.
3. Keep children away from pool drains, pipes, and other opening to avoid entrapments.
4. Have a cell phone close by when you or your family are using a pool or spa.
5. If a child is missing, look for him or her in the pool or spa FIRST.
6. Share safety instructions with family, friends, and neighbors.
It is extremely important to follow the information listed here so all Riverside County children and their friends stay safe all summer.
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