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Tips To Help Prevent Drownings This Summer

It’s getting hot here in Arizona which means it’s pool time. Unfortunately, summer and hot weather also means an increase in drownings.

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Teach your children at an early age to swim. Most cities have swimming lesson programs or you can find a private swimming teacher to help teach your child to swim.

Install a fence around the pool (and be sure to keep it locked and the key out of reach of little ones). A self-closing, self-latching door is best, but regardless; a fence around the pool is necessary.

Be sure no furniture is near the pool fence. Keep chairs and tables away from the fence to prevent climbing over the fence.

Install alarms on doors that lead to the pool. INCLUDING doggie doors! It only takes a split second for a child to slip your line of view. {An alarm on the pool door might be helpful too!}

Install motion alarms for the pool. They offer underwater motion alarms and pool alarms that alert you if the water is disturbed by an object or body falling into the pool.

Never let children swim unattended. Make sure there is an adult that can swim within the pool area supervising at all times.

Learn CPR. Again, cities offer CPR classes; the Red Cross offers CPR classes – there are options. Knowing adult, child, and baby CPR aren’t only good for swimming season but is good to know at all times.

Invest in a high quality pool cover. While pool drownings occur in the summer, they can also occur in the off months. Remember, that a pool cover won’t prevent drowning either. Many pool covers still hold water, can sink below the water – it isn’t fool proof!

Keep flotation devices in reach. If someone were to fall into the pool, having a life preserver handy could save their life.

Do not keep pool toys in the water – it’s tempting for the child to want their toy. Water is temptation enough – don’t provide any further temptation.

Beware of drains and suction – a child or their clothing, hair, etc. can get trapped.

Wear a life jacket when necessary. Children must legally wear life vests/jackets on boats, but my kids wore life jackets in the pool until they felt comfortable enough to swim without them. While they were always supervised and they were home taught how to swim; they felt more comfortable wearing life jackets until they felt they could swim without them.

Feet first! Whether it is the pool or a large body of water; always jump in feet first. You never know the true depth and risking injury or paralysis is not worth it. Teach your children young – always jump into a body of water feet first!

Floaties, noodles, inflatable toys, etc. are not life jackets or adult supervision. Thety are fun to play with. They can make a new swimmer feel more confident but it can not and will not prevent a child from drowning. An adult needs to take precautions and supervise their child when around water.

Swimming is a great activity to cool down when its hot and is an excellent workout, but we need to remember to keep an eye on the kids around water and practice water safety!

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