KEEPING OUR CHILDREN SAFE AT THE POOLSIDE
POOLSIDE SAFETY TIPS FOR CHILDREN
Hundreds of children drown in pools and hot tubs every year in America and other parts of the world- especially cities with luxury homes. Drowning is responsible for most accident injury-related deaths among children below four years in the country.
Earlier this month, Granger Smith, a celebrated country singer lost his 3-year old son in a drowning accident. Putting children in place they can easily access a pool is dangerous.
Although water poses a major risk to kids, parents should know a few safety tips for swimming pools. These include the use of:
One of the most effective ways of keeping children safe in luxury homes is ensuring that swimming pools are not accessible. Even when under the watchful eye of adults, children may sneak out a door or climb out a window to enter the pool area.
It only takes a few minutes for particularly curious toddlers to escape from the house and drown in a pool. A fence ensures that the kids do not get to the swimming pool on their own.
A pool fence should have a gate that is only opened when there is an adult around. A height of at least 4 feet will make it difficult for children to climb. Lawn furniture, ladder, and other things that may help the kids to climb the wall should be kept away.
A fence will ensure that no child gets to pool on his/her own. Therefore, safely designed pools have barriers that make them inaccessible to small children.
Power safety covers
Although a fence will keep children away from the swimming pool, power safety covers are also effective barriers. This motorized barrier easily opens when in use and closes when not.
Covers that meet the American Society of Testing and Materials standards can support the weight of two grownups and a child. Therefore, when the power safety covers are well closed, you’ll be less worried about the whereabouts of your kids.
Teach the children to swim early
Drowning happens much faster than many can imagine. Worse still, when children are involved, most will not get time to scream or ask for help.
Only a few percentage of kids experience delayed symptoms such as chest pain, coughing, and lethargy when drowning. Kids should start to get swimming lessons at a tender age.
Although there is a lack of standard when children should begin swimming lessons, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) argues that formal instructions reduce drowning cases. Though swim lessons don’t eliminate chances of drowning completely, experts say they form an important protective layer.
Door and pool alarms
A door alarm will alert you when your kids are heading to the swimming pool. Installing the alarms on the doors that lead to the pool area will make it hard for the children to sneak out unnoticed. The alarms can be deactivated when there is an adult around.
However, place the deactivating keypad or switch high enough where children cannot reach. Moreover, self-closing/self-latching doors will prevent your children from leaving the house. On the other hand, pool alarms will let you know when your kids get to the pool area.
In conclusion, although swimming is both fun and a good exercise, it could lead to deaths and injury, especially when kids do it on their own. However, observing these safety tips for swimming pools could reduce these risks and help in keeping children safe in luxury homes.
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