12 Must See Pool Safety Tips for Homeowners and Landlords
Pool Safety Tips
Over 5,000 incidents occur each year requiring emergency room treated drowning related injuries. 390 annual drowning deaths occur for children up to the age of 14. Over 75% of fatalities and injuries will occur in children under the age of 5. The number one leading cause of unintentional death for children ages 1-4 is drowning. 67% of these deaths involve children between the ages of 1 and 3. Here are some tips on preventing your children from drowning.
First and foremost, always keep an eye on your children and when they are near the pool or spa. Have a portable telephone close by at all times when your family is using the pool. If a child is missing, look for him or her in the pool or spa first. Learn to perform CPR on children and adults and update these skills regularly.
The risk of drowning is cut down by half when there is a fence that surrounds the pool area. Parents and homeowners can minimize risk factors of slips and falls into the pool and other dangerous behaviors by installing a 4 foot fence with self-closing and self-latching system. Flotation devices can also deflate that result in drowning so check all toys during the season to ensure they are in safe working condition.
Filtration and suction systems can cause entrapment. If something becomes stuck in the drain, the best way to dislodge them is to wedge your hand between his or her body and the grade, disrupting the suction force rather than using a pulling action.
Preparing a pool should be performed by a pool maintenance or professional. Chemicals can also create related injuries. Store all chemicals out of reach of children, add them correctly, and avoid splashing chemicals into the eyes or skin.
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