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10 Swimming Pool Safety Tips

10 Swimming Pool Safety Tips

On warm days in April it’s easy to dream of warm summer days sitting by your swimming pool. It’s not hard to imagine the sound of your kids laughing and splashing around in the pool as you soak in the sun.
As fun and relaxing as days by the pool are we also know the dangers of swimming pools.

According to the global burden of disease (GBD) 2004 update, unintentional injuries were the leading cause of death among children above one year of age.

The Centers for Disease Control report that here in the United States, on average, 3,536 people died from drowning annually from 2005 to 2014, which equates to 10 deaths each day. Then there are the thousands of others who suffer swimming pool-related injuries each year.

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10 Swimming Pool Safety Tips

  1. Never leave a child unattended in the water or pool area for any reason. 

  2. Always keep your eyes on the child or children. Designate a child watcher, whether you or someone else, when you attend a party or have friends or family over. 

  3. Don't be distracted by doorbells, phone calls, chores, or conversations. If you must leave the pool area, take the child with you, making sure the pool gate latches securely when it closes. 

  4. Don't allow anyone who has been drinking alcohol to use the pool. 

  5. Don't rely on swimming lessons or "floaties" to protect your children in the water. 

  6. Check the pool area regularly for glasses, bottles, toys, or other potential accident hazards. 

  7. Stay out of the pool during rain storms or during thunder or lightning. The Red Cross and other safety organizations recommend moving to indoor shelters for the duration of a thunderstorm. 

  8. Encourage your neighbors to follow pool safety guidelines, including keeping their back gates and doors locked, and their pool gates securely closed and latched. 

  9. Don't assume that drowning or a drowning incident couldn't happen to you or your family. 

  10. Don't have a false sense of security just because you think your pool area and home are secure. Always watch your children, whether in the house or outside.

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