Pool and Water Safety: Staying Safe as You Splish and Splash

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 by under Lifestyle, Personal Safety

The sun is out and the temperature is climbing—what better way to cool off than by taking a dip in the water?

Whether you’re diving into a private or public pool or dodging waves by the shore, keep the following water safety precautions top of mind.

Water Safety for Children

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has classified drowning as the leading cause of death among children aged one to four. In addition, drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional death among children one to 14.

Teach children about water safety and swimming from a very young age. Reinforce these talking points often:

  • Only enter the water when given permission by the supervising adult.
  • Never go in the water alone. Always use the buddy system.
  • If feeling tired, come out of the water and rest.
  • Never run poolside.
  • Do not jump or dive into the shallow end.

With no exception, a vigilant eye must be kept on children of all ages.

Leverage Technology to Prevent Drowning

If you have a backyard pool, preventative measures can be taken to mitigate the risk of drowning. Leverage equipment and technology to ensure that the pool is only being used when you are aware and supervising.

  • Put up a fence around the perimeter of the pool with a self-closing and self-latching gate.
  • Use a pool cover when not in use.
  • Utilize an outdoor video surveillance solution to keep an eye on the pool from afar.
  • Configure sensor monitors around the pool or on the gate to be alerted when someone has entered the area.
  • Install a pool alarm to alert you if someone enters the water.

Safety in Public Pools and Open Waters

When enjoying public pools and open waters, you may feel safer since there are more people around, and therefore, more eyes on what is happening in the water. Don’t fall subject to this false sense of security. Never assume someone else is watching you or your child.

When making use of public waters:

  • Read and obey all posted rules.
  • Always check to make sure a lifeguard is on duty and alert.
  • Check that the water is clean, free of debris and maintained regularly.
  • Avoid overly crowded pools.
  • Check tide strength and warnings before going into the ocean or sea.
  • Don’t swim after dark. Many beaches are closed by sunset, and for good reason.

The fun of swimming and playing in the water can quickly turn sour with improper supervision and a lack of regard for water safety. The above tips can save a life.

How do you promote water safety? Share your ideas in the comments.

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