Having a swimming pool is fun for the entire family, but there are risks involved as well. Accidental drowning is one of the most common dangers associated with swimming pools. There are several precautions a homeowner can take to prevent children and even adults from being a victim.
Adequate Lighting
Inground pools should have adequate lighting both around the perimeter of the pool as well as along the walls inside it. This will clearly show where the edges of the pool are and help people to stay far enough way so as not to slip and fall in. Adding lights along the fence will illuminate the area so people can see what they are doing and avoid tripping over objects that may be in the way. It also allows others to see what is happening around the pool so they can take action quickly if someone falls in by accident.
Fences and Gates
 Both inground and above ground pools must be surrounded by some type of fencing. This is the law in most states and is strictly adhered to. For above ground pools, a fence surrounding the pool area is mandatory, it is also beneficial to raise the ladders that go into the pool when they are not in use. Because of their height, it may be difficult to see into an above ground pool from a distance. Always make sure there is no way for a child to access the pool. The ladders should be put up and the gates latched anytime a person leaves the pool area, even if it is only for a short period of time.
Inground pools that are enclosed by a high privacy fence are ideal for keeping out neighborhood children and pets. Always keep all gates closed and latched to prevent unwanted visitors from entering the pool area without permission. The cement around an inground pool can become slippery when wet. Whenever guests are over, always advise them to walk, not run, around the edge of the pool.
Floatation Devices
Floatation devices such as kickboards, noodles, lifejackets and water wings should always be available for both children and adults. Never allow a child of any age into the pool without some sort of floatation device for protection. Small children should always wear an approved life vest. Never leave any child alone in the pool without supervision.
Life vests are available that are designed with straps that completely surround the child, making it more difficult to slip off. Make sure all buckles and straps are firmly attached and secured before letting a child get into the water. Always check the tags to ensure the right size vest is being used for the weight of the child.
Know Valuable Rescue Techniques
No matter how safe a person is, accidents can still happen. Before opening the pool for the summer, it’s a wise idea to take a water rescue course. These classes teach rescue breathing, CPR and valuable lifesaving maneuvers that show homeowners how to pull a person from the water without endangering their life or that of the victim. A person who is struggling can be difficult to remove from the water, especially if they are afraid and fighting the rescuer. Knowing how to calm a victim and to hold them securely until they can be removed from the water is a valuable tool that can save lives.

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4 comments on “Child Drowning Dangers and How to Prevent Them {guest post}”

  1. Great read can never be too careful
    These suggestions will CERTAINLY save unnecessary injury or worse still

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