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You must keep an eye on children 100% of the time around water. No
reading, no texting, no internet, PERIOD. Assume all alarms and locks on the
pool gate will fail and will only slow a child down, not stop them. Even if a
child can be resuscitated they may have severe brain damage after only
minutes of going under.
We give in home CPR classes that focus on child drowning prevention and
information. If you have a pool and would like an in home CPR class contact
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, an estimated 350
children under five years of age drown each year in swimming pools, many in
residential pools. The Commission estimates that another 2,600 children under age
five are treated in hospital emergency rooms each year following submersion
incidents. Some of these submersions result in permanent brain damage.
Nationally, drowning is a leading cause of death to children under five.
The key to preventing these tragedies is to have layers of protection. This includes
placing barriers around your pool to prevent access, using pool alarms, closely
supervising your child and being prepared in case of an emergency. CPSC offers
these tips to prevent drowning:
Fences and walls should be at least 4 feet high and installed completely around the
pool. Fence gates should be self-closing and self-latching. The latch should be out
of a small child's reach.
If your house forms one side of the barrier to the pool, then doors leading from the
house to the pool should be protected with alarms that produce a sound when a
door is unexpectedly opened.
A power safety cover -- a motor-powered barrier that can be placed over the
water area -- can be used when the pool is not in use.
Keep rescue equipment by the pool and be sure a portable phone is poolside with
emergency numbers posted. Knowing cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) can be a
For above-ground pools, steps and ladders to the pool should be secured and
locked or removed when the pool is not in use.
IF A CHILD IS MISSING ALWAYS LOOK IN THE POOL FIRST! SECONDS COUNT
IN PREVENTING DEATH OR SERIOUS DISABILITY!
Pool alarms can be used as an added precaution. Underwater pool alarms generally
perform better and can be used in conjunction with pool covers. CPSC advises that
consumers use remote alarm receivers so the alarm can be heard inside the house
or in other places away from the pool area.
PARENTS AND GUARDIANS: ONLY YOU CAN PREVENT A DROWNING. WATCH
YOUR CHILD CLOSELY AT ALL TIMES. MAKE SURE DOORS LEADING TO THE
POOL AREA ARE CLOSED AND LOCKED. YOUNG CHILDREN CAN QUICKLY SLIP
AWAY AND INTO THE POOL. ***A CHILD DROWNING MAKES NO NOISE.***
THE CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION CAUTIONS DIVERS ABOUT
Diving injuries can result in quadriplegia, paralysis below the neck, to divers who hit
the bottom or side of a swimming pool, according to CPSC. Divers should observe
the following precautions:
Never dive into above-ground pools. They are too shallow.
Don't dive from the side of an in-ground pool. Enter the water feet first.
Dive only from the end of the diving board and not from the sides.
Dive with your hands in front of you and always steer up immediately upon entering
water to avoid hitting the bottom or sides of the pool.
Don't dive if you have been using alcohol or drugs because your reaction time may
be too slow.
Improper use of pool slides presents the same danger as improper diving
techniques. Never slide down head first - slide down feet first only.
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