According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional injury death among children one to fourteen years of age. While many accidents occur in bathtubs, buckets and toilets, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that each year, about 300 children under five years of age drown in swimming pools. Are there ways to prevent drowning? Definitely. Here’s what you can do to help make sure that your family’s spring and summer is a safe one.
Teach your child how to swim or invest in swim lessons.
One of the best ways to keep a child stay safe in a community pool is by ensuring they’re a competent and strong swimmer. Therefore, sign them up for swim lessons or dedicate time to teaching them how to swim. The more skilled and comfortable they are in the water, the safer they’ll be.
Don’t leave your child unattended in or near the water.
You might think it’ll be okay to dash away to use the restroom or grab some food, but it only takes a few seconds for a drowning accident to happen. Don’t turn your back, walk away or step inside for even one moment when your kids are swimming or hanging out near the pool. Make sure there is always an adult in charge of watching the children at the community pool – and don’t assume someone is!
Teach children to stay away from drains.
Although new laws and regulations have tried to make pool drains safer, they can still be dangerous; the suction can create a fatal situation. Even strong swimmers have drowned after getting caught in pool drains. Make sure children understand that the pool drain is not a toy, and that they should avoid swimming too close to it.
Show children where they can swim and where they should not.
When visiting a community pool, set clear boundaries for your children based on their skill level. For example, don’t allow beginners to enter the deep end, and make sure they know exactly where that begins. Be firm with your children, and make sure they know that there are consequences for rule breaking.
Even if you’re incredibly careful around the pool, accidents can happen. However, knowing CPR can be the difference between a scary incident and a tragic one. Sign up for a CPR class at your local American Red Cross so you can feel confident and help if something happens.
Share this post with friends and family members to help them stay safe this swimming season. And make sure you and your family have an insurance plan that will cover you in case of an emergency. Contact a VelaPoint agent at 855-652-3171 who can help guide you to the health or accident plan that fits your budget and coverage needs.