We see swimming pools as a time of enjoyment and relaxation, however without proper precautions, they can become a sudden hazard. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, one in five people drowning fatalities are children age 14 and younger, and another five receive emergency department care for nonfatal submersion injuries.
As parents, we strive every day to keep our children safe, a whether we are in our own backyard, a family or friend’s pool, or a public pool. Make sure that your children have the appropriate life-saving devices (such as a proper fitting life vest), have taken and passed a swim class, and are supervised by an adult who knows how to swim.
It is important that we stay alert when our children are near or in a pool. It is also important to share pool safety instructions with other family members, friends and your neighbors. If your family is at a public facility, it is very important that you are still aware of where your child is, even if you are confident in their swimming abilities. Nineteen percent of child drowning fatalities take place in public pools with certified lifeguards on duty. Parents should be engaged with their children to prevent the unthinkable from happening. We all want to enjoy the summer sun and a pool to cool off in, as long as everyone is aware of their surroundings and is safe.
Please visit the American Red Cross’s website for Pool Safety Basics.