Pool safety for children is important as we enter into this year’s swimming season. The days are getting longer, and the weather is heating up. You know what that means? Time for splash zones, brightly colored floating toys, and pool-parties with your family, friends, and neighbors. And all our kids, and theirs. Are your pool and poolside safe for younger children? Swimming pools are so much fun. But, they are also dangerous to families, especially those with infants and toddlers around. We make safe swimming for children a priority, and we’re sure you do, too.
Pool safety for children
Back in the 70’s when seatbelts and helmet laws didn’t exist, and homes still had asbestos and lead paint, swimming pool safety was a must-have for my Grandparents. They had pool rules, we were never allowed to splash out in the pool alone, there were first-aid kits, emergency numbers and a CPR chart hung nearby, and wrapped around the family pool was a barrier gate with a bulky lock. Not every family followed these rules and guidelines, nor do most households today. Not even with the pool injury and fatality statistics so staggering.
Frightening Child Drowning Statistics
Swimming pool drowning deaths is the number one cause of unintended death for children the ages of 1 and 4. 67% of swimming pool drowning deaths involved children younger than 3 years of age.The CDC reports that an average of 5 people who die from drowning are children 14 years and younger. For every child who dies from drowning, another five receive emergency department care for nonfatal submersion injuries.
No one wants their family as part of those statistics, nor the young children in their lives. Don’t worry though, there are things we can all do to prevent swimming injuries and fatalities for our children. Most are simple and low-cost, while others are a bit more expensive. But, there is no price to put on child safety. Don’t let a child in your life be a drowning statistic.
The ABC’s of Pool Safety for Children
- ACTIVELY supervise children when they swim. Public pools and shared residential swimming enforce a no-children under 14 unaccompanied rule. You should do the same. Things happen quickly. Be an arm’s length away from all small children, especially infants and toddlers, every time they swim. It isn’t safe to have children swimming alone, or with other young children. In the house, though only steps away is not close enough if an accident or preventable accident occurs.
- BARRIER gates around the pool. My Grandparents’ gate was wrought iron, with two locks to secure it. He was a welder though, and not the norm for backyard gating. There are many options, including mesh fences, removable rubber or textile panels for homes where young kids (like grandchildren) visit but don’t live at, and others. There are varying price ranges. You can also install an alarm into the gate to make sure that sleepwalking, or wandering toddlers or small children don’t end up falling into the water.
- CHILD, toddler, and infant swimming lessons. Local public pools and the YMCA offer low-cost swimming lessons. There are also swim schools, as well as services that will come to your own backyard to teach your young children safe swimming. Swim schools are a fun place for your young children to meet others who enjoy safe, outdoor fun.
Those are just a few safety Tips for pool safety for children. Some of the most important. But, there are more. Sherman Oaks Pool Service can help check your pool and pool surroundings for any safety issues, imbalances in chemicals, broken or worn equipment, and talk to you about other safety precautions. You deserve a fun and safe swim season, and we’re here to help. Give us a call today.