Because we are deep into the summer months I wanted to get a quick note off to everyone about WATCHING YOUR KIDS AROUND WATER! Kids need constant supervision around water! Whether it is water is in a bathtub, a wading pool, an ornamental fish pond, a swimming pool, a spa, the beach, or a lake. NEVER LEAVE YOUR KIDS ALONE AROUND WATER!
The American Red Cross has great recommendations for backyard pool safety:
• Secure your pool with appropriate barriers. Completely surround your pool with a 4-feet high fence or barrier with a self-closing, self-latching gate. Place a safety cover on the pool or hot tub when not in use and remove any ladders or steps used for access. Consider installing a pool alarm that goes off if anyone enters the pool.
• Keep children under active supervision at all times. Stay in arm’s reach of young kids. Designate a responsible person to watch the water when people are in the pool—never allow anyone to swim alone. Have young or inexperienced swimmers wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket.
• Ensure everyone in the home knows how to swim well by enrolling him or her in age-appropriate water orientation and learn-to-swim courses from the Red Cross.
• Keep your pool or hot tub water clean and clear. Maintain proper chemical levels, circulation and filtration. Regularly test and adjust the chemical levels to minimize the risk of ear aches, rashes or more serious diseases.
• Establish and enforce rules and safe behaviors, such as “no diving,” “stay away from drain covers,” “swim with a buddy” and “walk please.”
• Ensure everyone in the home knows how to respond to aquatic emergencies by having appropriate safety equipment and taking water safety, first aid and CPR courses from the Red Cross.
Always assume children can’t swim! Children can drown in less than 2 inches of water!!!! Remember this includes: sinks, toilet bowls, fountains, buckets, inflatable pools, or small bodies of standing water around your home, such as ditches filled with rainwater.
Over 200 children drown a year! Let’s stop this statistic! Nothing is better than supervision!