This summer, many of us will try to cool ourselves at swimming pools, rivers, lakes and beaches. While there is the potential for fun at these places, water also provides danger.
Drowning is the nation’s No. 1 killer of children under the age of five and is the second leading cause of death from unintentional injuries for ages 1 to 14. The majority of these accidents occur in residential swimming pools.
The Salt Lake City Fire Department reminds you that if you find someone in trouble in a swimming pool or other body of water, you should: 1) yell for help and get the person out of the water, 2) Call 911 and follow instructions and 3) Begin CPR if you are trained.
The following ABCs of Pool Safety are a helpful reminder on staying safe near water:
- A = Adult Supervision
- Maintain constant eye-to-eye supervision with children in and around the water
- Assign an adult to supervise children around the pool, especially at parties
- Floaties or other inflatable flotation devices are not life jackets and should never be substituted for adult supervision
- B = Barriers
- Have an isolation fence that separates your pool from the house and yard
- Move chairs and tables away from pool fences, so a child cannot unlatch or climb over the fence
- C = Classes
- Learn and know CPR
- Enroll your child in swim lessons
- Make sure all gates are self-closing and self-latching
- Keep all doors and windows leading to the pool area locked or install alarm devices
- Eliminate spaces where a child could get into the pool, such as squeezing through a hole in the fence
- Maintain a clear view (no trees, bushes or other obstacles) from the house to the pool