We all want to keep our children and loved ones as safe as can be. Teaching your kids and loved ones to swim, hold their own in the water and get out of the water safely, is the first step. Knowing how to prevent one from drowning, the leading cause of child injuries, is the key.
As we enjoy time at the pool, beach, rivers, and lakes, the first thing on your mind is not an injury. Yet drownings are the leading cause of injury death for young children ages 1 – 14. Three children die every day, as a result from drowning. In fact, drowning kills more children ages 1-4 than anything else except birth defects. (https://www.cdc.gov)
Thankfully, we can play a key role in protecting the children/adults you love from drowning. Teaching your children/loved ones the basic skills of swimming will give them the confidence and skills they need to prevent injuries and save their lives. These basic skills include floating (both face down and face up), manipulating one-self out toward the middle of the pool and back to the side or steps and getting out of the water safely on their own.
Learning CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation).
Install A Pool Fence, with self–closing and self–latching gates, completely around backyard swimming pools. This can help keep children away from the area when they aren’t supposed to be swimming. Pool fences should separate the house and play area completely from the pool. A pool fence needs to be a complete barrier around your pool to separate it from the rest of your home. There should be no way to enter your pool except through a designated gate in the pool fence. Swimming pool fences come in many shapes and sizes and can be made from a variety of materials. Some fences are permanent, while others are easily removable for times when they’re not needed.
Why You Need A Pool Fence
The main reason to have a fence around your pool is safety! If you have children, pets, or anyone at home who is uncomfortable swimming or unable to swim, a pool safety fence is a must.
Even if your children are great swimmers, many homeowners’ insurance policies have a ‘pool addendum’ that requires a pool fence for your pool if your children are under a certain age. The risk of drowning is a serious concern, when it comes to the safety of your family, you can never be too careful.
Having a pool fence is a convenient way to keep pets and potentially wild animals out of your pool. It’s also a good way to wrangle pool toys and keep them contained out of the rest of the yard. Pool fences are incredibly beneficial in so many ways but there are so many options out there, where do you start?
Pay Attention And Watch
When kids are in or near water (including bathtubs), closely supervise them at all times! Since drowning happens quickly and quietly, adults watching kids in or near water should avoid distracting activities like playing cards, reading books, talking on the phone, and using alcohol or drugs.