Pool safety depends on attending to some rules

Watching children engage with water is interesting. Many take to the water naturally. Others come to the experience a little more hesitantly and need encouragement. In northern tier states like Indiana, water access is available through lakes, ponds, streams and, of course, pools – indoor, and in the summer, outdoor.

Anyone who owns or operates a pool or even a home spa faces an extra duty of care to be sure that use of their facilities takes place in the safest way possible. This is especially true when it comes to keeping children safe. There are many suggestions for “waterproofing” ourselves, but the reality is that neglect of care creates unsafe conditions that can result in serious or fatal injury.

Recognizing this, and the fact that more than 200 youngsters die by drowning in backyard pools every year, experts have a number or tips to improve pool safety. We’ve touched on some in previous posts. These include securing pool areas with safety covers and fencing, and perhaps even installing an alarm that can raise an alert if someone enters the pool without proper supervision.

In addition to that, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission suggests the following:

  • Never leave children unattended near any water, indoors or out.
  • Have your child take swimming lessons, and take them yourself if you don’t know how.
  • Steer children clear of pool drains and filtering equipment, and know how to shut off a spa’s systems in an emergency.
  • Consider getting certified in CPR and maintain the certification year to year.

One other suggestion experts offer is to make sure youngsters stay hydrated. It might seem counterintuitive considering they are soaking on the outside, but swimming is exercise and the body’s insides need maintenance, too.

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