Pools and spas are wonderful spots for family fun. It’s imperative to ensure that everybody follows these easy safety steps to remain more secure in and around the water.
Never leave a child unattended in or close to water.
Do not leave a child unattended in the water or near water and always the children when they in the pool or near a pool. An official Water Watcher must be designated, and adults must be asked to supervise the children in the water. The job of the Water Watcher should be looking at the children all the time. The Water Watcher must not do any other task than watching the children in the water. The Water Watchers must not be texting, using a cell phone, or playing games on their phones because it will distract their attention. It is important to have a phone close by all the time in case there is a need to make a call for help. If a child is missing, the rule of thumb is to check the pool first.
Teach your children how to swim.
Not only swimming is fun, but it is also an important lifesaving skill. To teach your children how to swim, you can enroll them in swimming classes. In swimming programs, your child will also learn about water safety in an around water, which is very important for self-protection.
Drains and suction outlets are dangerous
Teach your children to avoid swimming or playing near the drains or suction outlets. In shallow pools and in spas, it is even riskier for the children to swim or play near the drains or suction outlets. Before entering a spa or pool, make sure that drain covers are present and intact. Never let the children enter a pool that has a loose or broken drain cover. Be sure to locate the emergency switch for vacuum shutoff before getting in the spa.
Ensure all pools and spas you may visit have compliant drain covers.
A seven-year-old girl Virginia Graeme Baker died from drowning due to a suction entrapment from a faulty drain cover. The Pool and Spa Safety Act is named after her. The law states that all public spas and pools must have drain covers that meet safety standards to avoid such incidents. The drain suctions of spas and pools are so powerful that it can trap even an adult.
Fences, barriers, and alarm system on and round spa and pool are lifesaving
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) highly recommends installing proper fences and barriers that cover all sides. The height of the fence must be at least four feet and it should not be climbable for children. Teach your children to avoid trying to climb the fence. Install a door alarm to the pool area and keep the pool and spa covers always in working order.
Be a lifesaver, learn how to perform CPR on adults and children.
The bystanders are usually the first ones to help a drowning victim. You can be a lifesaver if you know how to perform CPR on adults and children. Enroll yourself in local CPR classes that are available through many community centers and hospitals.
Take the Pledge!
Before going to the pool or spa with your friends or family, remember to take the pool safety pledge.