Many fellow Texans may have enjoyed time with their children in a swimming pool, especially during the quarantine period. We all know that Summer is here, and it is our responsibility to give some tips on pool safety.
Children and Drowning Accidents
The highest rates of drowning deaths, according to the World Health Organization, are from ages one to four, followed from five to nine years old. Unfortunately, drowning accidents can happen in a residential swimming pool.
There are many ways to prevent any accident, and safety recommendations can help increase safety in the water. It is crucial to understand that accidents do not happen by chance. A gadget, floating device, or anything that promises 100% security measures does not exist, nor does it replace the time needed to keep an eye on children in a swimming pool. It is vital to have adult supervision. The responsibility for a child’s safety always falls on the adults.
Some Safety Tips
Don’t Lose Sight of Children
A child can drown in 27 seconds, and serious consequences can happen in three to five minutes if not rescued immediately. Do not leave your young children in a pool unattended, even if it is only a foot deep of water.
The 10/20 Norm
The International Association for Child Safety recommends the “10/20 norm”. The “10/20 norm” means to check children every 10 seconds but do not take more than 20 seconds to reach them from drowning.
If the phone rings or answering the door is enough time for a child to drown in a pool, have another adult help supervise the kids.
Add a Safety Fence
A safety fence is the best way to avoid an accident when the pool is not in use. It will make it difficult for children to jump over or sneak under. By installing safety fences, it can reduce drowning accidents by 95 percent.
Send the Kids to Swimming School
Another effective way to avoid drowning is to have kids take swimming lessons. Although the American Association of Pediatrics recommends kids to learn at age four, some parents prefer to have their one-year-old kid enrolled in a swimming class. However, adults must supervise their children, regardless of how well they can swim.
False Sense of Security
Floating artifacts can help to give a feel of security, but it cannot replace constant supervision from an adult.
No Toys Left in the Pool
Do not leave toys near or inside the pool. It can be a bait for a child’s attention, tempting them to retrieve it from the water.
The immediate effect of drowning is the lack of oxygen to the brain. Learning cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) helps to save anyone from having irreversible brain injuries. Call the local government agency and ask about a CPR course. In most cases, they offer them free of cost.
These security measures can reduce the risk of water accidents. Ensure a healthy and safe summer for the family.