The summer season is starting up in full force with scorching hot weather that only a pool can resolve. If you are lucky enough to have a pool in your backyard or even know someone with a pool, it’s important to know the proper safety persuasions. With around 200 children drowning in backyard pools each year, drowning is the leading cause of death for children ages 1-14. Drowning even kills more 1-to 4-year-olds than anything other than birth defects. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 3 children die each day from drowning. Clearly, learning backyard pool safety tips is extremely important for a fun summer.
One of the most important safety precautions for any pool is making sure it is surrounded by a fence. According to the American Red Cross, a fence proper fence should be at least 4 feet high and have a secure latch to keep children out of the pool when they can’t be supervised. A four-sided fence can reduces the risk of drowning by about 80 percent compared to a three-sided fence. A self-latching gate is often the safest so people won’t forget to completely close the gate behind them. This will cancel-out the possibility of human error for accidental entries from unaccompanied children who don’t understand the risks of swimming alone.
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Although fun, diving boards can be a risk and usually increases your insurance. The risk of diving into a pool that doesn’t have enough water is extremely dangerous and can lead to severe injury. Also, having a ladder for swimmers to use to climb out of the pool is extremely important. If you have children, a pool cover will be the next line of defense after the fence. When the swimming day is over, take the time to properly put the safety cover back on the pool. This step makes it more difficult for small children to wander into the pool when nobody is watching. It also acts as a barrier between a small child and deep water.
No matter how much you prepare, there is always a chance of an accident unfortunately. Just in case, you should always have emergency equipment readily available. This includes: life vests, first aid kit, rescue equipment, and a phone. Along with the equipment, knowing CPR and how to de-escalating a situation while paramedics arrive, might help save a life. Seconds can be the difference between life and death in a drowning situation. It’s also invaluable to have an emergency switch nearby to shut off the pool. Classes to help instruct you on these types of emergency situations are usually offered at hospitals, community centers, or by contacting agencies like the Red Cross.
The best way to make sure that no one enters your pool when it’s not in use is to get a pool alarm. This handy device will go off if anyone enters the pool when it’s activated. After your pool day is finished, simply turn on the alarm so that motion sensors will pick up on any unauthorized entry, whether it comes from a mischievous intruder or one of your kids. Protect America has everything you need to equip your pool with the right sensors and system that will immediately report when someone enters the pool when it’s closed.
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